Aboriginal Artists

 

First Nation Art 

 

 Lake Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay has a large selection of Native Canadian Art by First Nation Aboriginal Artists who paint in the woodland style.


Moses (Amik) Beaver


     

Moses (Amik) Beaver

Moses (Amik) Beaver is a Canadian Aboriginal Artist, from the fly-in reserve of Summer Beaver, Ontario Moses Amik Beaver(Nibinamik). He is self-taught, his use of colour revealing. He works with acrylic on canvas, Indian Ink on paper and watercolour. While Moses’ work reflects the black lines of traditional Woodlands art, he embraces his own unique style of embedded images of spirits, human faces and animal forms, transcending physical boundaries to the outer dimensions of the spiritual realm. In this his work reflects symbolism, realism and abstract imagery.

As stories for the First Nations People have always been a major tool of cultural transmission holding the history, values, beliefs and spirituality of the people, Moses hopes his work will resonate and awaken an awareness that is at once exciting and empowering, a way for all people to understand an Aboriginal worldview.  Within this context, story telling through colour and imagery, he contributes to cultural revitalization, an awakening that continues to gather strength among the people to express and share the experience of being in and with the world, not masters of it. 


Moses works with Youth both within the educational system and in community projects.  This relationship with Youth both inspires and motivates him and is a constant source of personal growth.

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Noel Ducharme, (1921-1988)

 

Noel Ducharme

Noel Ducharme, (1921-1988) an Ojibway, was born in Nipigon, Ontario and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was a self-taught artist who painted in the Woodland style. His paintings, carvings and silkscreen prints were inspired by the legends told to him by his widowed mother while working together on the trap-lines. He had a lifelong interest in drawing and painting but turned to art seriously after an accident on a Great Lakes freighter in 1967 which left him with a broken hip. In 1973, he received the top award at the McLaughlin Art Gallery show in Ottawa and presented a painting to Queen Elizabeth II and also had a solo exhibition at the Kar Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. Ducharme also exhibited with Norval Morriesseau, Carl Ray, Roy Thomas and Joshim Kakegamic at the Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1977. His work is in the McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario and the Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Gatineau, Quebec.

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Christopher Fox

Francis Esquega

 

Francis Esquega

Francis Esquega was born in 1955, in Macdiarmid, located on the Eastern shores of Lake Nipigon and is a member of the Rocky Bay First Nation, Biinjitaawabik Zaageen Anishinabek. His Ojibwe name is Sikaasika.

Francis developed his unique style of painting at an early age.  His artworks
reflect Mother Earth and native traditions.  His paintings consist of various series of traditional, woodland abstracts, done in both watercolours and acrylics.  He also does carvings out of soapstone.

He has lived in Thunder Bay on and off since the age of fourteen and is residing there today.

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John Paul Lavand

 
John Paul Lavand 

John Paul Lavand's heritage is Ojibway. Born in 1962, he was raised on Rat Portage Reserve near Kenora, in Northwestern Ontario. He was inspired to begin drawing at the age of six years by the death of his brother. In the beginning, his main theme was portraits of people. Later, as his work evolved, he began to concentrate more on drawing wild life. John's working medium is pen and ink with a hand brush touch of colour.

In addition to maturing in his style of detailed Wild Life Art, he is now creating a limited number of traditional native works in acrylics.

In 1980, John presented his first one-man exhibit at the Wah-Sa Gallery. Through such  exhibitions, John has obtained the recognition of being an exciting new Canadian Native Artist living and working in Kenora, Ontario.

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Gelineau Fisher

Eugene Morriseau

Eugene Morriseau. I currently live in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I am Eugene MorriseauEugene Morriseau Eugene Morriseau  a member of Sandy Lake First Nation which is my home community.
I am one of seven of Norval Morrisseau’s children.

I am inspired by other peoples’ artwork. My other inspirations come from listening to my elders passing down stories. I try to visualize these stories and bring those images into my paintings. Each of my paintings has its own story.
is officially from the Lonlac Reserves 58 and 77 but has spent most of his childhood years in the wilderness.  As a child, Gelineau suffered from severe hip problems and couldn't walk or play like other children.  His grandmother, using the traditional medicine of his heritage, helped to improve his condition considerably so that he was able to play sports and run with other children.

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