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									Bob Boyer: His Life's Work

Bob Boyer lived his entire life in Saskatchewan, Boyer’s work was inspired by his
travels throughout North and Central America, Asia, Europe and Scandinavia. Boyer
began his artistic career in the late 1960s, painting highly representational
portraits and landscapes. By the late 1970s, he experimented with large-scale
abstract oil paintings, using vibrant colours informed by personal experiences and
the artistic traditions of Northern Plains Aboriginal people. While Boyer worked in
a variety of media throughout his career, he is perhaps best known for his
acclaimed series of blanket paintings completed between 1983 and 1995. Using
flannel blankets as the painting surface, Boyer combined elements of historical
Northern Plains design with personal symbology and contemporary references. For
the most part, these "blanket statements" are politically-charged depictions of the
devastating impact of colonial imperatives upon Aboriginal philosophies, land,
religions and cultures. During the last decade of his life, Boyer experimented with
a variety of media, including fresco, and produced work which celebrated
Indigenous experience, cosmology and spirituality throughout the world. While his
untimely death in August 2004 leaves an enormous sense of the incompleteness of
an abundant life, Bob Boyer’s art leaves a legacy of a life’s work that is fully

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