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artist Presentation Alex Janvier

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Transcript of artist Presentation Alex Janvier

Background Morning Star - Born in 1935 on the LeGoff Reserve of Cold Lake First Nations near Alberta Saskatchewan border

- Janvier has slowly and steadily become one of Canada’s most well known and respected working artists.

- Sent to Blue Quills Indian Residential School near St. Paul, Alberta at the age of eight and had to deal with culture shock, confusion, loneliness and abuse

- Graduated from Alberta College of Art in Calgary with a Fine Arts Diploma with honours in 1960

- Alex Janvier is a leader in the creation of new visual language, Involving an eloquent blend of both abstract and representational images with bright, symbolic colours . Expo 67’ Unique Participation -Alex Janvier signed his paintings with his Treaty Number from
1966 to 1977 to protest government policies against indigenous people. -Daphne Odjig, Alex Janvier, Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray and Joseph

-Encouraging young Aboriginal artists to break away from stereotypical native art, and in promoting indigenous art with public and commercial galleries. - He persisted in signing his work with his treaty number, 287, a practice he had started in art school.

- This signified both his resentment that his legal status was determined by a colonial government and his displeasure that his indigenous spirituality and land were being denied to him. Protest government - Professional Indigenous Artists Incorporations consisted of Daphne Odjig, Alex Janvier, Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray and Joseph Sanchez.

- He resisted being categorized as a “native artist,” maintaining that he “could not separate the native from the modern. I was fortunate to see both sides.” “Indian Group of Seven” Coming of the Opposite, 1972 - Moving away from pictorial representation towards the abstract is a technique employed by Janvier as a way to meld these two worlds. Style of work changes in time 1950 - 1975 - His student years in Alberta College of Art and Design. experimenting in watercolor, gouache and oil, Illingworth Kerr encouraged him to consider the modernist abstractions of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. 1975 - 2000 - Janvier’s work became more representational that speak to the oppressive history of colonization, the residential schools and the ongoing struggle for indigenous nationhood 2000 - Present - Alex Janvier did many murals. During the meeting in January 2007, Alex showed the mural in Sherwood park (near Edmonton, Alberta). It is a huge mural on and above a stair.
- “Morning Star” at the Canadian Museum of Civilization 1950 - 1975 - During his third year in Alberta College of Art and Design. - He was experimenting in watercolor, gouache and oil, Illingworth Kerr encouraged him to consider the modernist abstractions of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. - The imagery of this work combines traditional native decorative motifs: medicine wheels, floral patterns and symbolic colour arrangements in complex, abstract compositions. 1963, In Memory of J.F.K 1950,
Our Lady of

Oil on Masonite,
60"x26" 1971, Intrusion 1975 - 2000 1988, The Old Chief Nature's Resources 2000, Earth Movement 2000 - Present 2005, Xmas 2005 2003, Blue Flag 2008, Beaver Castor Acrylic on Canvas, 36"x48" Oil on Linen, 24" Diameter Watercolour on Paper, 30" x 22" Acrylic on Canvas, 12"x9" Watercolour on Paper, 22" Diameter Mixed Media on paper, 22" Diameter Janvier said, "I am painting and I am also telling the story of the way things happened to me and to my tribe and to my people and it's a true story." . Protest the government . “Indigenous Group of Seven” However, his strong artistic skill was recognized by the principal of the school and arranged private tutoring Artist Presentation Gi Woong Choi, Dorothy Park . Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

. 2010 Alberta Order of Excellence, the province's top honour.

. General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2008 Major Awards Inspiration - Cultural and spiritual elements from his Dene heritage, including traditional beading and basketry from his mother

- European modernists Wassily Kandinsky (Russian), Paul Klee (Swiss) and Hans Hoffman (German-American) of abstract technique as influences

- “There’s a rhythm in nature, it gives us so much and we have to give it back,”

- Officially partake in a Canada/China cultural exchange in 1985 left an indelible impression and felt a deeply rooted psychic connection to China resulting to use chinese calligraphy paper and ink, compare to the granular texture of acrylic and even watercolours. - First time for First Nations artists from across Canada came together and shared concerns with strong messages, sometimes subtly, sometimes more aggressively - Representational, figurative elements and pictorial narratives signify oppressive history of colonization, residential schools and ongoing struggles

- Reflecting involvement with Primrose Lake Land Claim: brought awareness of potential for human devastation of nature and a new view of familiar landscape - Automatic painting was also introduced to him, which emphasized freed subconsciousness - Always feeling he was caught to a certain extent between two cultures. Yellow Quadrant:
- A balance of colour and shape reflecting when the First Peoples were in harmony with nature, the Great Spirit, and each other.
- Arrival of Columbus in 1492, which changed the world of the First Peoples forever.

Blue Quadrant:
- A lack of decoration signifies the weakness of Native culture, overwhelmed by European culture.
- Christianized Native people turned to organic, flowing designs and the less production of geometric designs.
Red Quadrant:
- Time of revival and a new optimism
- Struggle and disenchantment give way to a new determination of First Peoples to take charge of their own future.

White Quadrant:
- Healing, renewed self-respect, reconciliation and restructuring : returning to the state of harmony
- Period following the point at which Janvier created 450 meter squared masterpiece at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as a major highlight in his career (Morning Star covers 418 square metres (4,500 square feet). - Series of works created in 2011 and 2012 in homage to the members of the indigenous Group of Seven - Huge murals on and above stairs in Sherwood Park (near Edmonton) - The Artist included Nuuchah nulth George Clutesi, Plains Cree Noel Wuttunee, Blood Gerald Tailfeathers, Dakota Ross Woods, Dene Alex Janvier, Six Nations Tom Hill, Anishinabe Norval Morrisseau, Odawa Francis Kagige, and Jean-Marie Gros-Louis of Quebec

- The sketches of potential artwork from Indigenous artist have been selected by an assessment committee controlled by the branch Expo 67' Mixed Medium on paper, 23"x30" 2006, Sky Reader Thank you! Waabaani Noodin Dorothy Park
Gi Woong Choi From everywhere, from the land, sky, stars, moon, sun, the universe.
From earth, land, water, woodland, prairie, mountains, and people, some animals.
From memory of ancient stories,
From music, to include the voice of God and His created nature.
From the sound of the birds chirping
From native drum songs, pow-wow
From the heart, rather than the intellect.
From my parents.
From my tribe, Denesuline of Cold lake, and of parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories.
From my Creator, The Chief of all Creators of the finest art.
From the angels who have consistently have watched my life, and the development of art, that I do.
From my own inspiration acceptance of who I have become.
From love, to be who I am, and who I became. Written by Alex Janvier
Statement of inspiration, 2006 1989,Untitled Apple Series, Acrylic on canvas
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