Rick Rivet, by Gerald McMaster
From the catalogue "Contemporary Masters, The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art Volume 1" from the exhibition of works by Eiteljorg Fellowship Recipients 1999.
...A combination of his educational training in southern Canada and the multi-ethnic experiences of growing up in the north constitute key components for Rivet's artistic philosophy. Like many aboriginal contemporary artists today, Rivet's conceptual influences are univeral:he researches indigenous peoples the world over with a view that is, how they see the world. At the same time, he draws upon historic and contemporary souces in art like abstract expressionism, neo-primitivism, and the work of other artists.
In a series of works called Beothuk Mounds, Rivet explores the ancient people who once inhabited present-day Newfoundland off the East Coast of Canada. Archaeological evidence suggests the Beothuk lived on the island for several thousand years relying on the rivers and the sea for much of their subsistence during the summer and hunting caribou during the winter. Their canoe technology was remarkable, in that it was adapted to both rivers and sea: made of birch bark with a high V-shaped cross section, the ocean-going vessel was curved or "rockered" with a sheer that rises noticeably amidships.
From a side angle, the canoe's shape suggests ocean waves. Rivet uses this side view in many of his works. Another striking specialty was their generous use of red ochre, which they used to paint their canoes, bodies and other objects. It has been suggested that the Beothuk were some of the earliest people Europeans encountered.
| Gerald McMaster
The full length essay is available in the "Contemporary Masters, The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Art Volume 1" catalogue available for viewing at Gallery Gevik. This essay is copyright 1999 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97.
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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.
Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at
the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His
career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and
public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17
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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.
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.