Senior Exhibitions Manager
This major retrospective celebrates Alex Janvier’s 65-year career of creativity, knowledge and perspective, gained through his love of the land, art and Dene culture.
Featuring more than 100 remarkable paintings and drawings from public and private collections across Canada, including well-known masterpieces as well as pieces that have never been on public display, it is the largest and most comprehensive retrospective on the artist to date.
The artist’s unique paintings, with their vivid colours and calligraphic lines, combine Denesuline iconography with Western art styles and techniques, such as automatic painting and modernist abstraction. Exploring the geocultural landscape of Janvier’s northern Alberta home, his works on paper, canvas and linen reference Indigenous culture and history, including his own experience of the effects of colonization and residential schools, within a personal aesthetic that is universal in its appeal.
The exhibition is curated by Greg A. Hill, Audain Senior Curator, Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
Born on 28 February 1935 in Le Goff Reserve, Cold Lake Indian Reserve (now Cold Lake First Nations), Alberta, Janvier has made an enormous contribution to art in Canada, and his long and prolific career has added much to the cultural fabric of the nation. A Member of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence and Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, he has achieved a level of success that is exemplified by the sheer number of his works, awards and important commissions. Heavily collected in his home province of Alberta, the artist’s works can be found in galleries and private collections across Canada, and have been purchased by collectors around the world. Janvier’s paintings have had international exposure since the very beginning of his career, when he won a prize in an exhibition at the Vatican in Rome in 1950. International audiences admired his mural for the Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal as well as his works shown at solo and group exhibitions since the 1970s in Canada and in other countries such as Belgium, China, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and the USA.
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