25 Nov 2016 - 17 Apr 2017
Special Exhibitions Galleries
This major retrospective celebrates Alex Janvier’s lifetime of creativity, knowledge and perspective, gained through his love of the land, art and Dene culture. Come discover more than 150 remarkable paintings and drawings, including works that have never been on public display and well-known masterpieces. Visitors will have an unprecedented opportunity to appreciate Janvier’s unique style, with its vivid colours and calligraphic lines. He combines Denesuline iconography with Western art styles and techniques, such as automatic painting and modernist abstraction. Universal in appeal, his paintings on paper, canvas and linen reference Indigenous culture and history and explore his experience of residential schools and the effects of colonization.
Supported by Michael & Renae Tims
Educational and programming components of the exhibition supported by the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD)
Alex Janvier, Untitled, 1986, acrylic on canvas, 165.1 × 266.7 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC