Daphne Odjig

 



Daphne Odjig
Signed Exhibition Poster
28" x 17"
Value: $500

 

“If my work as an artist has somehow helped to open doors between our people and the non-native community, then I am glad. I am even more deeply pleased if it has helped to encourage the young people that have followed our generation, to express their pride in our heritage more openly, more joyfully than I would have ever dared to think possible.”

Odjig: the art of Daphne Odjig, p. 78

 

Daphne Odjig is one of Canada's most celebrated Aboriginal painters and printmakers. Born in 1919 on Manitoulin Island's Wikwemikong Reserve of Odawa, Potawatomi and English heritage, she first learned about art-making from her grandfather, Jonas Odjig, a stone carver who taught her to draw and paint. From him, she learned not only the legends of her ancestors also the use of curvilinear design for which she has become so well known.

Daphne Odjig later moved to British Columbia and continued to work on her art career. Her style has undergone several developments and adaptations from decade to decade and yet always remains identifiable. Mixing traditional Aboriginal styles and imagery with Cubist and Surrealist influences, Odjig's work is defined by curving contours, strong outlining, overlapping shapes and an unsurpassed sense of colour. Her work has addressed issues of colonization, the displacement of Aboriginal peoples, and the status of Aboriginal women and children, bringing Aboriginal political issues to the forefront of contemporary art practices and theory.