The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.
Jerry Heine is an Edmonton artist, who received his art education at the University of Alberta, graphic art training at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Washington School of Art. His art associations include a signature membership with the Northwest Watercolor Society in the United States and the Alberta Society of Artists. Heine was also a past member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the Edmonton Art Club and the Society of Western Canadian Artists.
Bernard Hippel was born in Edmonton in 1954. He holds two degrees. Both degrees were acquired at the University of Alberta. In 1982, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and psychology. After working in the field for a number of years, he registered into the Art and Design program. He graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta’s BFA program in 1987, majoring in painting. Since graduating he has been a practicing Canadian artist, who has been exhibiting regularly within Edmonton. To date, Bernard has been painting abstract images for 28 years.
Mike Holden is a Saulteaux Cree visual artist and actor, known for his role as Momo on the popular First Nations’ drama Blackstone. Mike is focusing his passion on painting the brutal and genocidal history of the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America), as well as celebrating the heroes that history books have forgotten.
Mike Holden creates paintings that explore spirituality, traditions, and knowledge systems within the context of indigenous warrior culture, from the 1800s, through to World War II, and up to present day. Various First Nations tribes of Turtle Island are depicted in his work, telling stories that express the warrior mentality, warfare itself, peace, spirituality, love, victory, and the evolution of the warrior in an ever changing world. Holden creates images that are vibrant with primary colours, characterized by his command of sharp angles and lines, and steeped in historical and traditional symbology.