Opening Reception for "Alex Janvier"

Opening Reception for

May 19, 2017 at 7:00pm

Family Friendly Event

Join us in celebrating the opening of Alex Janvier at the MacKenzie Art Gallery - this major retrospective's only stop in Saskatchewan! The evening will feature Greg Hill, Audain Senior Curator, Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, in conversation with Michelle LaVallee, MacKenzie Art Gallery Curator, with a reception to follow.

Free admission | Cash bar

* Please note that, due to unforeseen circumstances, artist Alex Janvier will not be able to join us for this opening reception. The MacKenzie apologizes for any inconvenience.

About the exhibition

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, this retrospective presents more than five decades of Alex Janvier’s remarkable paintings and drawings, spanning from early in the artist’s career in the 1960s to the present day. It consists of more than a hundred of his most impressive works, drawn from public and private collections across Canada, and features his best-known pieces alongside those that rarely have been seen. Works on paper, canvas and linen range in scale but are consistent in their unique approach to representing a Dene geocultural landscape. A long-time resident of Cold Lake First Nations in northern Alberta, Janvier combines Denesuline iconography and modernist abstraction in his paintings to express a personal aesthetic that relates to his physical and cultural surroundings. Janvier’s graceful abstractions also include representational imagery that references an ancient past, more recent histories of Aboriginal peoples and his experience of the effects of colonization and residential schools. The exhibition celebrates this extraordinary artist’s lifetime of creativity, knowledge and perspective gained from his love of the land, art and Dene culture.