This major retrospective celebrates Alex Janvier’s 65-year career of creativity, knowledge and perspective, gained through his love of the land, art and Dene culture. Featuring more than 100 remarkable paintings and drawings from public and private collections across Canada, including well-known masterpieces as well as pieces that have never been on public display, it is the largest and most comprehensive retrospective on the artist to date. The artist’s unique paintings, with their vivid colours and calligraphic lines, combine Denesuline iconography with Western art styles and techniques, such as automatic painting and modernist abstraction. Exploring the geocultural landscape of Janvier’s northern Alberta home, his works on paper, canvas and linen reference Indigenous culture and history, including his own experience of the effects of colonization and residential schools, within a personal aesthetic that is universal in its appeal.
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada