|Jutai Toonoo The Arsennal 2012, Oil Stick on Paper Cape Dorset|
1770 painting by Benjamin West about the death of General Wolfe on the plains of Abraham. This battle between the English and the French is a pivotal moment in Canadian history.
the Govenor General Award in 2015. Throughout his long 40 year career, he has certainly not been a voyeur, but an active participant in our nation's culture and politics. View some of his paintings here, here, and here.
The following text is from the G G aard nomination.
Working from his knowledge of Anishinaabe conventions of abstraction embedded in such arts as quillwork, and from his research into Western art history, Houle has forged a new, and distinctly Indigenous, visual language, informed by complex currents of Aboriginal traditionalism, European realism, and American modernism, and shaped by autobiography, historical events, and contemporary politics.It was synchronistic to come across Robert Houle. I just posted a new moderinst aesthetic blog post about Rebecca Belmore and quote Mr. Houle in it. Here.