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"Morning Star" print measures 8x6, and is double matted with white mats. Overall measurements: 11x14, portrait orientation. The matted and framed print is double matted with white mats and metal framing measuring 10 5/8" x 13".
Alex Janvier (1935)
Cultural Background: Dene Suline and Saulteaux
Born in 1935, Alex Janvier was raised in the nurturing care of his family until the age of 8 when he was uprooted from his home and sent to the Blue Quills Indian Residential School near St. Paul, Alberta. Although Janvier speaks of having a creative instinct from as far back as he can remember, it was at the residential school that he was given the tools to create his first paintings. Unlike many Aboriginal artists of his time, Janvier received formal art training from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and graduated with honours in 1960.
In 1993, Morning Star was installed in the river end of the Canadian Museum of History's Grand Hall. The work's title refers to the star's use as a direction-finder. Janvier intended the four areas of colour in the outer ring to represent periods in Aboriginal history: yellow for early history in harmony with nature; blue for the changes brought about by contact with European civilization; red for revival and optimism ; and white for reconciliation and a return to harmony.
"Resplendent Owls" print measures 8x6, and is double matted with white mats. Overall measurements: 14x11, landscape orientation. The matted and framed print is double matted with white mats and metal framing measuring 13" x 10 5/8".
Kenojuak Ashevak Cultural Background: Inuit from Ikirasaq, southern coast of Baffin Island.
Like many Inuit artists, Kenojuak Ashevak has spent most of her life living on the land in a manner not unlike that of her ancestors. She was born at the south Baffin Island camp of Ikirisaq, and grew up travelling from camp to camp in Canada’s Eastern Arctic.
Kenojuak first began experimenting with drawing and stone carving in the late 1950s. Her early work appeared in the Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collections, launching a career that would include numerous national and international commissions, special projects and exhibitions. Her life and art have been the subject of a film produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and a book entitled “Graphic Arts of the Inuit: Kenojuak”, published in 1981.
Kenojuak Ashevak has been accorded many honours for her achievements. She received the Order of Canada in 1967, and was subsequently elevated to Companion of the Order. In 1993, Kenojuak was awarded Honourary Degrees from both Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. She passed away in 2013 at the age of 85.
"Emergence" matted print measures 8x6, and is double matted with white mats. Overall measurements: 11x14, landscape orientation. The matted and framed print is double matted with white mats and metal framing measuring 10 5/8" x 13".
Rick Beaver was born in 1948 on the Alderville Indian Reserve on Rice Lake, Southern Ontario. His degree in wildlife biology has had a strong influence on his painting, which he began full-time in 1981. His art evokes an emotional response which harks back to the origin of earth’s people.
Allying nature and art, Rick’s works show definite textured contrasts. Backgrounds are softly amorphous and lilting compared to the sculptural linearity of the creature he has chosen to depict. This melding of forms that are faithful to biology with abstract backdrops is at the heart of the paintings of Rick Beaver.
"Raven" matted and framed print is double matted with white mats and metal framing measuring 10 5/8" x 13".
Born in 1959 into the Musqamakw Dzawadaenutw Band (the four tribes of Kingcome Inlet), Francis Dick is a contemporary aboriginal artist and a member of the Kwakwaka 'wakw Nation. She is a descendant of the supernatural Wolf, Kawadelekala, who became the first of the Kingcome people. Francis began her career as a social worker after receiving her degree from the University of Victoria, but quickly realized that her true calling in life was to honour her natural artistic talents.
Francis Dick's first aboriginal painting, Kawadelekala, was created, then published as a way to honour her grandmother's life and spirit after her death in December of 1985. Four months later, her youngest brother Jesse took his own life. She created her second aboriginal painting as a way to acknowledge her love and honour for her brother. The pain of losing Jesse took her to a doorway where her journey of self discovery began through her northwest coast art.
"Direction" matted print measures 8x6, and is double matted with white mats. Overall measurements: 11x14, landscape orientation. The matted and framed print is double matted with white mats and metal framing measuring 10 5/8" x 13".
Kurt Flett is an Oji-Cree (Swampy Cree) from Garden Hill First Nation in the Island Lake region of northern Manitoba. Growing up in the same community that inspired Jackson Beardy in an earlier generation, Kurt joined with fellow community members Jeff Monias and Eddy Munroe in popularizing the Woodland school of Aboriginal art. Kurt, in his early fifties, died in 2011.