Angus Trudeau (1908-1984)

Indian Village
Indian Village, 1982
mixed media on board, 30½" × 40"
Manitou, Killarney, Ontariosold
Manitou, Killarney, Ontario, 1919
mixed media on board, 29½" × 39"
Log House in Manitoulin
Log House in Manitoulin
mixed media on board, 22" × 28"
Normac - Georgian Bay
Normac - Georgian Bay
oil on card, 15¼" × 27¾"
Baefin Spanish Company
Baiefin Spanish Company
gouache on card, 29½" × 39"
Collins Inlet (Adams Woods Camp)
Collins Inlet
mixed media on board, 32" x 40"
Harness Racing
Harness Racing
mixed media on board, 22" × 28"
City of Midland - Wikwemikong - Baysold
City of Midland - Wikwemikong - Bay
mixed media on card, 29" × 40"


Angus Trudeau (1908-1984) – Artist Biography

Angus Trudeau spent his working life as a sailor and cook aboard the Lake Huron commercial ships. He devoted his spare time, and his retirement years to painting and model building. Trudeau's language was Ojibwe and he spent virtually his whole life on or around Manitoulin Island, and in later life, on the Wikwemikong Reserve, where he was much admired by the younger generation of the Woodland School of painters.

Trudeau's inspiration is drawn from the world of Manitoulin, although his vision is imbued with deeply personal insight. His subjects (the lake freighters and ferry boats, the bygone community buildings and events), are often portrayed through the diapason of memory or through reference materials he collected.

The artist's self-taught style is well suited to the purity and freshness of his vision. The approach perfectly conveys the lively delight with which Trudeau viewed the world around him and its ghosts from the past. His paintings incorporate a variety of media, including some elements of collage. Often bending the "laws" of perspective, they are startlingly vivid and richly evocative.


1976, 1978, 1980:   Solo shows at the Isaacs Gallery, Toronto
1973 to 1981:   Groups shows: Canada House Gallery, London, England
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
MacKenzie Gallery, Toronto
Trent University, Peterborough
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford
1986 to 1987:   McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, then travelling to: Sarnia Art Gallery, London Regional Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon), Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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 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.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.