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 SPOTLIGHT on Traditional and Contemporary
ART

Alex Janvier
Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Alex in 2002 by the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation


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the land, the water, the sky
featured 60 paintings and watercolours.
2002 at the Edmonton Art Gallery



Turtle Island Native Network was there for the Opening July 14, 2002



ABOUT THE ARTIST ALEX JANVIER
Here's what the gallery distributed about the artist at the exhibit

For many decades, Alex Janvier has been an important part of the artistic community in Alberta. The imagery of his earlier work combined traditional Native decorative motifs: medicine wheels, flora patterns and symbolic colour in complex, abstract compositions. These works are both graphic and evocative - abstract images that are composed of swirling lines of bright colour moving across the surface of a canvas.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, however, Janvier's work became more representational, focusing on specific social and political issues. Many of his larger works incorporated both figurative elements and larger narratives, speaking about a history of oppression and an ongoing struggle for cultural empowerment. In recent years, his involvement with the Primrose Lake land claim in Northern Alberta has brought him renewed awareness of the potential for the human devastation of nature and a new view of a familiar landscape. The artist has spent several hours on aerial surveys of the area around his home and this new series of work reflects his new vision and a change in perspective.

Alex Janvier was born on Le Goff Reserve near Cold Lake, Alberta, and was raised in the Chipewyan tradition. He graduated from the Alberta College of Arts in 1960, and gained international recognition when he was commissioned to paint a circular mural for the Native Indian Pavillion of Expo '67. In 1975, Janvier was commissioned to produce a mural for the County of Strathcona Building in Sherwood Park, Alberta, which was followed by the mural he created for the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton in 1976. Since then he has built a national reputation as a painter, muralist and printmaker.

In 1993, Janvier received a significant commission from the Government of Canada to paint the domed ceiling of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, quebec. In the same year, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery organized a retrospective exhibition of his work, which travelled to museums and galleries across Canada. Alex Janvier's work has had an influence on an entire generation of Canadian artists and is an important part of Alberta's cultural heritage.

In March 2002, Alex Janvier was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for lifetime achievement in the visual arts and contribution to the cultural community in Canada.



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