Vincent Sheridan Artist Biography
Vincent Sheridan (b. 1945 -) is an award-winning printmaker born in Dublin, Ireland. He has studied at the Dublin Institute of Technology and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
From 1989 to 1998, Vincent Sheridan lived and worked as an artist in Toronto and Vancouver. Sheridan has spent a considerable amount of time traveling the Canadian Arctic. In 1991, he maintained an artist residency at the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. In 2000, he held another artist residency at the St. Michael's Print Shop in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Vincent Sheridan's work is often concerned with the social behaviour of animals, especially birds, which figure prominently in his work. He has also completed a study of the ill-fated Canadian expedition in search of the North West Passage by Sir John Franklin in 1845. In this series, he aims to re-enact the tragic event of the failed Franklin expedition (1845-1859). Vincent Sheridan traveled to the site at Dealy Island, Nunavut in 1989. He encountered a number of Franklin-era artifacts including old ship masts, graves, cairns, rusting food cans, and most morbidly, skulls. These skulls are a reoccuring motif in his intaglio prints, which serve as memento mori.
Vincent Sheridan currently lives in Dublin, where he serves as the Director of the Board at Black Church Print Studio. He is also currently working on a study of the many Megalithic structures found in Ireland. His prints have been exhibited in Canada, Ireland, Peru, Japan and elsewhere abroad.
Daphne 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 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 April 2017.
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