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Daphne Odjig: Four Decades of Prints

Kamloops Art Gallery,
Kamloops BC thru Aug 21, 2005

Daphne Odjig - Pow-Wow Dancer
Daphne Odjig, Pow-Wow Dancer (1978), serigraph on paper [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, through Aug 21]

Daphne Odjig was born in 1928 at Wikwemikong First Nation, Manitoulin Island, Ontario and has become one of the most significant Canadian artists. Since the early 1970s when she became a central figure in the “second” Group of Seven, Odjig's life and career have influenced young artists across the nation. Daphne Odjig: Four Decades of Prints brings together more than ninety works from the last forty years.

Daphne Odjig - Enfolding
Daphne Odjig, Enfolding (1992), serigraph on paper [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, through Aug 21]

Odjig has a unique Native style blended with a modern graphic approach. She taught herself to paint realistically, explored cubism and abstract expressionism and eventually developed a distinct style based on beautifully abstracted human forms. Influenced by Northwest Coast art during her time in British Columbia and by the developing Anishnabe style, her paintings focus on the importance of womanhood and sense of family. Central to her work is the circle, which to the Ojibwa signifies completion and perfection and is symbolic of women.

Daphne Odjig received the Order of Canada in 1987, the Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1998 and four honorary Doctoral degrees. She represented Canada at World Expo '70 in Japan and has shown in numerous international exhibitions. Her work is in private and public collections throughout Canada and the world. The Kamloops Art Gallery has developed the largest collection of print works in Canada. Also, at the Hampton Gallery in Kamloops see “Celebration of Life”, original works by Daphne Odjig from June 18-30.


Mia Johnson

 Mon, Jul 25, 2005