Posts

Showing posts from September, 2017

Now exhibiting at PAMA in Brampton, Ontario

Image
- Mishibinijima, The Last Artist Standing (And Still Painting Really Good Stuff)
Manitoulin Island artist James Simon Mishibinijima’s life path is about survival. His mother’s stories of her harrowing past in a residential school and his own survival as one of the last working artists from the first wave of Woodland First Nations’ Art movement
At a time when his contemporaries (i.e Carl Ray,Arthur Schilling, Carl Beam and Daphne Odjig) are falling off the mortal coil, 63 year old Mishibinijima continues to be a First Nations inspirational artistic force. His work is in constant demand from arts institutions, private galleries, museums, and currently can be seen at PAMA – Brampton, Ontario’s and Peel Region’s public gallery. A series of his paintings in the current Peel 150 exhibition is entitled “Indian Residential School Paintings”. They tell Mishibinijima’s mother’s stories as she gave them to him and as they revealed themselves in his dreams. Her stories are depicted as pictographs.
“T…