Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Usufruct

1995
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Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is among the most overtly critical artists practising in Canada today, assuredly depicting the devastating realities that face many Native people. He does this through a unique hybridization of Northwest Coast aesthetics – ovoids and stylized formlines – and the dream-like qualities of Surrealism. This painting shows Yuxweluptun’s mastery of his abstracted Northwest Coast style; the mountains are covered in masks and fragments of bodies, hands and eyes. The subject matter is a continuation of what the artist has termed “the toxilogical landscape,” a land degraded as a result of human development.
Title
Usufruct
Date
1995
Medium
Painting
Materials
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
141 x 193 x 4.6 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of Jack and Maryon Adelaar, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2012
Accession number
45791