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Daphne Odjig

Tuesday February 3rd, 2015 to
Sunday March 29th, 2015


Sun Feb 8th, 2015 — 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

(The artist will not be able to attend. Maureen Korp, PhD, and independent scholar, curator, and writer will provide a short talk about the show at 3:00pm on Sunday, Feb 8th.)

Cube Gallery presents the work of Daphne Odjig—a recipient of the Order of Canada, a winner of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and at 95 years old, still one of Canada’s most distinguished artists. Odjig’s free-hand, sweeping imagery depicts First Nations culture—past and present—traditions and mythology.

"..the only First Nations woman to have had a solo show at the National Gallery of Canada...The (cube) gallery will exhibit some of her new drawings alongside some older paintings in a rare opportunity to acquire new work from one of Canada's most celebrated artists" Paul Gessell (Ottawa Magazine, 2015)
"Without Daphne Odjig, aboriginal and Canadian art would be different, and somehow lesser." Peter Simpson (Aboriginal Art's Grandmother – Ottawa Citizen 2015)

Daphne Odjig is a celebrated Canadian artist of international status and acclaim whose free-hand images draw deeply upon her First Nations Odawa-Potawatomi and English heritage. Her earliest artistic influences came from her grandfather Jonas, a stone carver who encouraged her art as a child and frequently told her Potawatomi stories as they sketched side-by-side. In adulthood, and as a noted emerging artist, she drew deeply upon the work of Picasso as one of her favourite studies. Her art is often characterized as Woodlands Style although is can also be said that her work is not purely Aboriginal, Canadian or European but a distinctive blend of all three.

Odjig still puts pencil to paper every day to create flowing, evocative images that reflect strong Cubist, Surrealist and First Nations influences. Odjig is frequently referred to as the “grandmother of Aboriginal art”. Her work is found in private and permanent collections around the world including the National Gallery of Canada, the McMichael Canadian Collection, the Sequoyah Research Center in Arkansas and the Government of Israel.

Peter Simpson, The Big Beat review - Ottawa Citizen 
Paul Gessell review - Artful Blogger
360 degree virtual view of the show: Click Here