A critical way to enrich anyoneʼs understanding of Aboriginal arts is to go out and experience them!
-- France Trépanier & Chris Creighton-Kelly
Canadian art history began far before any settler put paint to brush. It began out of communication and necessity from the widespread and diverse Native peoples who had no word or concept for “art”. Art was created to enhance practical things like ceremonial dress, clothing, drums and shelter, and pipes. Markings on rock faces told stories and bore tribal identifiers. Carvings, beadings, weavings, and painted markings all served purposes—decoration was always also functional. Unlike the Europeans settlers who had a long history of enjoying art for art’s sake, the creation of beautiful things in Native Canadian communities was secondary to the creation of functional things.
Despite the dark chapter in Canadian history wherein Aboriginals had residential schools and assimilation brought upon them, Native arts and culture has survived and thrives nationwide. Native Canadian artists that document their ancestry, heritage, and personal experience through the fine arts are showcased through major Canadian art outlets like galleries and print publications and are inaugurated into the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. June 21st has now become an annual celebration of Native culture through Canada’s National Aboriginal Day.
Galerie Q is proud of Canada’s Native heritage, and we are pleased to exhibit original works by Allen Sapp, one of Canada’s most treasured Native artists. His art works are snapshots of his Cree upbringing in Saskatchewan and his unique style captures the attention of every Galerie visitor. Some works of note include Pow Wow, Making Bannock, and Nookum Making Moccasins, in which the moccasins serve as a piece of art within art. And with her penchant for creating beautifully muted historic scenes, paintings by Ginet Leblond show us richly detailed vignettes of Canadian Natives, such as Uashat Campement, Speaking About Peace, and Rivière aux Roches. Come visit Galerie Q to experience Native Canadian art for yourself!