Daphne Odjig – Native Artist
Daphne Odjig is one of Canada's most celebrated
and distinctive painters. She is a self-taught artist
who began her artistic career in her youth, and has
had the talent - and tenacity - to represent history
from the viewpoint of an aboriginal heritage.
Famous for adding a circular dimension to her
Ms. Odjig's vivid paintings are in every major
collection in Canada, as well as collections in the United States and
throughout Europe. The National Gallery has taken over the lead on
preparation of catalogue for a retrospective of Ms. Odjig's paintings.
The show will open in Sudbury because it is the closest gallery to
Manitoulin Island where she grew up. A National Gallery organizing
tour will follow.
Daphne Odjig was nick-named "Picasso's grandmother" by Norval
Morrisseau because he considered her artistic style part Woodlands
Native and part European influenced. Her art, is part abstract and
part traditional native as well as very surreal.
Like Emily Carr to the Group of Seven, Daphne Odjig was the
female part of what was referred to as "Canada's Woodlands School
of Art" or "Canada's Native Group of Seven". Her subjects often
dealt with family and harmony and love, the gentler, more
maternal side of Woodlands Legend style of art. She is an active
member of The prestigious RCA (Royal Commission of Artists).
Her work hangs in major galleries around the world. She currently
resides in the British Columbia interior. Her colourful prints and
small originals can be found on Redkettle site.
A show of her major works in 2008 at the National Gallery was a
major artistic event. Her work was featured at the Smithsonian, in
Other Abstract Ideas:
abstractionism: an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on
internal form rather than pictorial representation
Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a
composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual
references in the world. ...
Art that does not depict objects in the natural world, but instead uses color
and form in a non-representational way
Any art in which the depiction of real objects in nature has been
subordinated or entirely discarded, and whose aesthetic content is expressed
in formal pattern or structure of shapes, lines, and colors.
Trace a circle and cut it out. Create your own version of an abstract drawing
that involves people or animals. Your drawing can be of one person or many
(The choice is yours). You have 3 periods as a time line for this project.
Please practice sketching your ideas, before moving to your final concept!