Rick Rivet

8th Native American Fine Art Invitational

8th Native American Fine Art Invitational

Excerpts from an interview conducted with Rick Rivet published in the 8th Native American Fine Art Invitational catalogue. Exhibition held at the Heard Museum; Native Cultures & Art, 2002.

Q: What has been the biggest influence on your painting?
A: I guess it goes back to my background - both the Native side of it and the European. I figure people have to acknowledge their background, their history. I was particularly interested in looking a the shamanistic elements of the Native background. I found that many cultures were shamanistic societies at one point in time. So I always come from that viewpoint.
Q: Are you using the symbols you've adopted and utilized in direct reference to the cultures they come from, or are you borrowing them and then reinterpreting then into your personal iconography?
A: I'd say it's more a reinterpretation of generalized symbols. For instance, the Road Map Series uses the Hopi symbol that comes from pictographs or petroglyphs - it's a symbol that the Hopi use for the idea of the soul journey. But it's also a symbol that you see in parts of Europe. In fact, world-wide there's a spiritual image that is exactly the same image. It's quite curious that such disparate places in the world would come up with virtually the exact same symbol.
Q: Your paintings have a very loose approach to them. They're obviously very free flowing.
A: I start out with the basic element of drawing. I usually start off with small sketches, just to get an idea of where I am going to go. Or sometimes I'll tie it right into the painting without worrying about it. So, a lot of my drawing is part of my painting. The ability to draw is something that should be developed; I think it's the basic part of developing our ideas.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now open at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario until January 21st, 2018. Afterwards, it will travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

This exhibition was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)

Rita LetendreGallery Gevik congratulates renowned Canadian and International abstract painter, Rita Letendre, on her first major museum retrospective exhibition outside of Québec. Rita Letendre: Fire and Light is now open until September 17, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition, which covers Letendre's career from the 1960's to 2000's, is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush and Georgiana Uhlyarik. The retrospective features nearly forty large-scale paintings drawn from major national public and private collections.

Letendre was widely exhibited with the artistic groups, Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens. She has received the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts, the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, and the Orders of Canada, Ontario and Québec. Click here for more details.