Hommage à Morrisseau

This is my latest mural, an hommage to Norval Morrisseau.

It was produced by @mumtl for @mbamtl special thanks to our partners for making it happen – arrondissement de Ville Marie, Ville de Montréal, Destination Centre- Ville, le Musée des beaux arts de Montréal and to my lovely assistant @corinne_lachance.

MU is a charitable non-profit organization whose mandate is to transform Montreal’s public spaces by creating murals that are rooted in local communities. MU’s projects are designed to promote the democratization of art and local development. Over the past seven years, MU has produced 70 large-scale murals in 15 neighbourhoods of Montreal.

In order to revitalize this heavily vandalized sector, MU initiated the creation of murals on the theme of fine art that have a graffiti or “street art” aesthetic. I was asked to do the first intervention, a stylistically influenced by Norval Morisseau, an artist whose works are held in the Museum of Fine Arts’ permanent collection.

Norval Morrisseau (1932 – 2007) was an Aboriginal Canadian artist. The subjects of his art were the myths and traditions of the Anishnaabe people, the cultural and political tensions between native Canadian and European traditions, his existential struggles, and his deep spirituality and mysticism. His style is characterized by thick black outlines and bright colors.

During his incarceration, he attended a local church where he was struck by the beauty of the images on stained-glass windows. Some of his paintings, like Indian Jesus Christ, imitate that style and represent characters from the Bible with native features.

He was known as the “Picasso of the North”. He founded the Woodlands School of Canadian art and was a prominent member of the “Indian Group of Seven”.

At the age of 19, Morrisseau became very sick. He was taken to a doctor but his health kept deteriorating. Fearing for his life, his mother called a medicine-woman who performed a renaming ceremony: She gave him the new name Copper Thunderbird.

According to Anishnaabe tradition, giving a powerful name to a dying person can give them new energy and save their lives. Morrisseau recovered after the ceremony and from then on always signed his works with his new name using Cree syllabics.

 

Osheaga Arts and Music Festival

This year (2016 ), I was nominated for the 2016 Osheaga Arts and Music Festival. It’s a multi-day, indie, music festival that is held annually in the summer at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène in Montreal. I hope that you stopped by the Osheaga Arts Village to see what local artists created for the festival.

It was very exciting to be a part of this amazing festival once again this year working with En Masse Pour Les Masses on some bigger and even better installation works! Check out the visual artists line-up. It was great – Kirsten McCrea, Peru Dyer Jalea, Gracia Dyer Jalea,  Olivier Bonnard, Jorden David Doody and so many more!? Fred Caron killin’ it once again.

Osheaga has established itself as the most important festival of its genre in Canada. It attracts over 100 bands and over 135,000 music lovers from North America and Europe last year. Osheaga is also considered one of the best music events in the world in line with Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.

Pictured here is the mural I had the pleasure of doing for Osheaga. On the flip side – AIR element and celestial mapping done with nails and line wire in hot pink, of course.

It was an amazing experience with so many talented artists. A huge thanks to @fredifredfred for the opportunity, to @kway_official, @neweracap @newerator, @vanscanada for the awesome gear, to my boyz @earth_crusher, @peru143 for helping me reach the high spots and to master chef @chefchuckhughes for feeding us in Artist World all weekend- you put together an impressive spread.

The Osheaga music festival Montreal was an unforgettable time!

 

MURAL Festival Art Fair 2016

My sparrows are my latest work for deiNeri’s stand’ART. They were on exhibit at this year’s (June 2016) MURAL Festival Art Fair held at Le Capitol-Espace Infopresse at 4310 Saint Laurent, Montréal QC.

The Art Fair brought together myself, Montreal artist OMEN and 9 other exhibitors: Galerie Bloom (Montréal), Station 16 (Montréal), #Hashtag Gallery (Toronto), Artêria Art Gallery (Bromont), Galerie D’Este (Montréal), Galerie C.O.A (Montréal), Artgang Montreal (Montréal), Colagene (Montréal, Paris) and the magazine esse arts + opinions

deiNERI is a new and innovative Montreal-based company. Its stand’ART is a new product that combines art and design to offer new possibilities which are as much practical solutions to challenges of privacy, separating spaces and managing flow, as much they contribute beautification, aesthetic and emotional expression to any space.  stand’ART is great in interior scapes, gardens, parks, city streets, lobbies of commercial buildings, office waiting rooms and more.

See more about my art at deiNERI.