This exhibition surveys the 50 year artistic career of
Featuring over 90 works, the exhibition includes works on paper and canvases that date from the early 1960s to a selection of Janvier’s most recent work, produced in 2012.
Born of Dene Suline and Saulteaux descent in 1935, Alex Janvier was sent to the
The exhibition opens with a number of drawings and paintings that date from the 1960s, which have never been exhibited before. These works trace the development of Janvier’s signature, curvilinear style, which can be seen in his work starting in the early 1970s. The imagery of this work combines traditional native decorative motifs: medicine wheels, floral patterns and symbolic colour arrangements in complex, abstract compositions. These works are both graphic and evocative, swirling lines of bright colour moving across the surface of the canvas.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, however, Janvier’s work became more representational, incorporating figurative elements and pictorial narratives that speak to the oppressive history of colonization, the residential schools and the ongoing struggle for aboriginal nationhood. These works also reflect Janvier’s involvement with the
This exhibition concludes with paintings and drawings that have been produced in the last few years, the latest being a series of canvases created in 2011 and 2012 in homage to the members of the Aboriginal Group of Seven.
The works are drawn from public collections across