Brief Paragraphs on Each Artist

14 Nov

South Pacific – New Zealand Maori Art

1) Robyn Kahukiwa-Taranga

In 1982 Robyn Kahukiwa was awarded a Maori and South Pacific Arts Council grant to undertake a series of paintings celebrating female deities in Maori mythology.

2) Dick Frizzell


A commercial artist and his work is best described as expressionist pop in New Zealand’s icons, such as kiwana icons and combine them into his often cartoon-like paintings and lithographs; his appropriation of the Tiki, which inspired by Mickey Mouse, in paintings that reinvented this symbol in Cubist and Art Deco style.

3) Weston Frizzell


Weston Frizzell is the collaborative venture of Mike Weston and Otis Frizzell with a high performance art partnership; their output draws heavily on appropriated imagery, style and content.

Canadian – Woodland Artists

1) Norval Morriseau- A Separate Reality, 1984 (norval blog)

Norval Morriseau’s style is characterized by thick black outlines and bright colors. As in “A Separate Reality”, it depicts the relationship between the spiritual energies of humans and those of the animals, plants and cosmic bodies with which they share the universe; the cosmos is shown enclosed by a domed shape at the bottom centre of the picture.

2) Daphne Odjig- Roots

In “Roots”, she created in three parts it is one of her most admired pieces. The first part depicts a very tranquil life on the reserve, the second part shows the back of a female heading for a city in the distance with tree-roots, a headless body and two blue and red floating faces, with the third part showing a complete person

3) Carl Ray

 Skunk Spirit  CARL RAY – SERIGRAPH-1982

Carl Ray was one of the first native artists to show the secret legends of the Cree people in his art.

4) Jackson Beardy


He was an Anishinini-Indian and his works are characterized by scenes from the holy stories of his people.

5) Goyce Kadegamic-Family Unity,1981

6) Alex Janvier-Morning Star, 1993

The title Morning Star refers to the morning star as a guide or a means of finding direction, each of the four distinct areas of colour in the outside ring represents a period in Native history; for example, in yellow quadrant, a balance of colour and shape reflects a time when the First Peoples were in harmony with nature, with the Great Spirit, and with each other.

7) Jim Logan – A Rethinking on the Western Front 

Jim Logan’s A Rethinking on the Western Front parodies Michelangelo’s image on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel of God empowering Adam; in Logan’s version, the Supreme Spirit is passing the gift of humor to the first man of the First Nations.

8) Carl Beam


Among the ranks of First Nation artists, few have earned the acclaim and success of Carl Beam; as a prominent Canadian cultural figure, Beam not only broke many of the social barriers facing emerging aboriginal artists, but also broke new ground by creating works that were intensely autobiographical and that functioned as commentaries on the destructive collision between post-colonialism and native culture.

Plains Art

1) Jane Ash-Poitras – Living in the Storm Too Long, 1992 

This complex, multi-layered work juxtaposes images of contemporary, historical, and popular culture stereotypes of First Nations peoples to images which symbolize their cultural and political oppression; the work calls on contemporary indigenous peoples to remember and to respect their roots—the four skulls, for example, are symbolic of the fact that “Our ancestors’ bones lie buried in the land.”

2) Joane Cardinal-Schubert 
First Nations Affiliation: non-status Blood (Kainai) (b. 1942)
Self-Portrait as an Indian Warshirt, 1991 

In Self-Portrait as an Indian Warshirt, Joane Cardinal Schubert presents a cultural polemic by identifying with Canadian artist Emily Carr in her ongoing “Letters to Emily” series.

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