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ARTIST of the DAY: Alex Janvier

2016 January 20

from who i BECAME

We are a sum of our parts. You do not have to justify inspirational conflict or contradiction to me, EVER. Today’s AAAD Artist of the Day, Alex Janvier finds influence in the history of oppression of the Dënesųłiné and Saulteaux (aboriginal Canada) as well as the work of Wassily Kandinsky (Russian) and Paul Klee (Swiss).  Tsa Tsa Ke K’e, below, will become a mosaic at Rogers Place Arena in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, and will measure 45 feet in diameter.  Here’s what Janvier has to say of his inspiration: 

Tsa Tsa Ke K'e (Iron Foot Place) by Alex Janvier

Tsa Tsa Ke K’e (Iron Foot Place) by Alex Janvier

From everywhere, from the land, sky, stars, moon, sun, the universe. From earth, land, water, woodland, prairie, mountains, and people, some animals. From memory of ancient stories, from music, to include the voice of God and his created nature. From the sound of the birds chirping From native drum songs, pow-wow from the heart, rather than the intellect. From my parents. From my tribe, Dënesųłiné of Cold Lake, and of parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. From my Creator, The Chief of all Creators of the finest art. From the angels who have consistently have watched my life, and the development of art, that I do. From my own inspiration acceptance of who I have become. From love, to be who I am, and who I became.” — Alex Janvier

Enjoy 60+ years of work by Alex Janvier!

4 Responses
  1. January 29, 2016

    Bravo Alex is a great artist pursuing a collective vision

  2. January 29, 2016

    I completely agree, John! –R.L. Gibson (Rachel), Editor

  3. January 29, 2016

    I have been a fan and friend of Alex’s work for 25 years. I was immediately attracted to his work when I saw at Museum of History in Ottawa. I said to someone who is that! and I’ve been a collector ever since. More than talented, Alex is kind, humorous and man of deep vision.

  4. January 29, 2016

    I would truly love to see the mural at the Museum in Ottawa. I can only imagine how overwhelming it would be to climb the stairs toward it. Thank you for sharing your experience with us! –R.L. Gibson (Rachel), Editor

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