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b canadien
Visual Artist.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 03/19/2018 MAJOR INDIGENOUS ARTWORK ADDED TO PRIVATE COLLECTION CONTACTS: Bruno Canadien –, Sarah Secter - Artist Bruno Canadien is pleased to announce the sale of his large-scale, multi panel painting entitled Hustle & Bustle/ Downriver House (2016). Canadien’s painting is currently featured in INSURGENCE/ RESURGENCE, Winnipeg Art Gallery’s largest-ever exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art, curated by Jaimie Isaac and Dr. Julie Nagam. The work is available for public viewing at the WAG until April 22, 2018. The work is also featured in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s hardcover catalogue of the show, also entitled INSURGENCE/... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at bruno canadien
Just opened at Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary is a fantastic retrospective of Joane Cardinal-Schubert's work entitled Writing on the Wall. In this exhibition, curator Lindsay V. Sharman brings together 60 of Cardinal-Schubert's stunning and beautiful pieces that span her very impressive career as an artist and activist. The topics that Joane addressed in her work, such as racism and the legacy of residential schools, are still very relevant today. This is one the most important art shows on exhibit at the moment. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at bruno canadien
In November of this past year (2016) I had the opportunity to attend the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity's Indigenous Visual & Digital Arts Residency with some wonderful and extremely talented artists. I am grateful to have met those people, and to experience such a sense of community within the Indigenous arts sphere. I look forward to seeing them again! I am also grateful to the Banff Centre, firstly for accepting me into the program, and secondly for providing such a great environment within which artists can focus on their work with few limits and few distractions. Well, there... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at bruno canadien
This week I received news that I've been accepted into the Indigenous Visual & Digital Arts Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity this November! "Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are brought together to make work and discuss pertinent themes. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and the development of their work." I look forward to being able to focus on my practice in such a beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at bruno canadien
The 3rd Contemporary Native Art Biennial in Montreal is on now through June 18. Curated by Mike Patten, Joyce Millar and Karine Gaucher, this exhibition is situated in four locations throughout the city. Read all about it on Art Mur's website. For further reading, please check out these reviews: Contemporary Native Art Biennial explores evolution of aboriginal identity & Art Review: Contemporary Native Art Biennial, Montréal Dene Nation (exhibit view) Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at bruno canadien
Congratulations to the students & instructors of the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus in Camrose on the recent opening of Wahkohtowin Lodge, a "gathering place for Aboriginal students" and "a space where Indigenous students are supported and their cultures celebrated." It's heartening to see the recent trend of post-secondary institutions fostering community and encouraging inclusiveness in their student population, especially in regards to their First Nations, Inuit & Metis students. The Sakaway drum group from Maskwacis plays at the official opening of Wahkohtowin Lodge. Also pictured are (left to right) Elder Roy Louis of the Samson Cree Nation, University of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at bruno canadien
Marrying geometric and floral iconography in designs for street banners, acrylic paintings Kini (2010) and Ichit'o (2010) are now on display at the Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond. 2010 Olympic Plaza banner project. Copyright Bruno Canadien 2010 Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at bruno canadien
It's time to get organized. I've recently begun listing and tracking my art inventory on It's very handy if you have work in several locations, for keeping your prices updated, and for sending info to buyers. Bonus: you won't lose your info if your pc crashes. The public image pages are alright too.There are a few images of previously unpublished work - see them and all available ;) work from my inventory at Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at bruno canadien
... Way west! The Alberta Foundation for the Arts' exhibition Narrative Quest is closing out 2014 and bringing in 2015 at the Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. "Narrative Quest features a selection of artworks by 12 aboriginal artists from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and showcases a variety of traditional and contemporary styles, from photo-based artwork to acrylic paintings." Narrative Quest features a selection of artworks by 12 aboriginal artists from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and showcases a variety of traditional and contemporary styles, from photo-based artwork... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at bruno canadien
This week I was honoured to be able to make a presentation to the grades 5 & 6 classes at Turner Valley School, as part of the AFA Traveling Exhibition Black Gold. After a brief talk about my work and process, we did a collaging workshop where I asked the children to build a collage around the image of an animal, using whatever materials they wanted, including found images, wrapping paper, craft paint, and GLITTER! Here's a sample of some of the very awesome results: Great work kids! Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at bruno canadien
Thanks to the salvage centre and my wife, my backyard studio is now better organized, has art storage, and is clean! I thought I was going to have to build a storage unit until I found an Ikea shelf at the Foothills Salvage Centre. We painted it and turned it sideways, and it now serves as storage for canvases, with room on top for works on paper. And while I was at my day job, Amy organized and cleaned the rest, moved the spiders out, and threw on a fresh coat of paint. Thanks Amy! Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at bruno canadien
Looking for something to read? I can recommend a couple of books that you should pick up this summer. The first is a bit of light reading, the second not so much. The common thread here is the indigenous people of Tasmania who were claimed to be extinct by officialdom for over a century, but they endure. English Passengers by Matthew Kneale is an entertaining story of the travels of a Manx crew and their passengers across the world to Tasmania, and also of an indigenous Tasmanian caught in the full onslaught of British colonialism. Kneale tells the tale from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at bruno canadien
Please join me, George Webber and Steve Coffey at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, Alberta for a new exhibition entitled NEW WORKS: Perspectives on a Legacy of 100 years of Oil & Gas. The artists' reception is this Saturday, May 3, from 2pm - 6pm. Wild River Petrolgraph, 2014, Acrylic & mixed media on canvas. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at bruno canadien
Untitled (detail), 2014. Acrylic, ribbon on canvas. New work in the FF Series. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at bruno canadien
I love a challenge as much as the next guy, but 5 days for an original submission is pushing it (I officially had more time, but y'know, job). Dry, paint! Dry! & off to the UPS store! Northern Waves is acrylic on paper. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at bruno canadien
I'm a little late, but since this is my first post of 2014, Happy New Year! I'm just over halfway into my studio time courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts. I've been in my workspace, reflecting on recent Dene history, particularly the period of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline proposal, and laying down some paint. here's pix: This Phil Collins single was released about the same time the oilfield at Norman Wells, NT was expanded and connected to Zama, AB via pipeline amidst objections by the Dene (to the pipeline, not the song, although as a teenager I had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at bruno canadien
Been plugging away at my day job lately and enjoying our brief summer here in the foothills, but soon I'll be gearing up for 6 months of studio time courtesy of The Canada Council for the Arts. That is, if I can get my hands on decent studio space, or any studio space (!) My summer reading has included Rene Fumoleau's As Long As This Land Shall Last, and June Helm's The People of Denendeh, both essential reading, I think, for students of Dene history. And why haven't I read Fumoleau's book til now? Well it's not A Song of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at bruno canadien
Amy and I went up to Edmonton on Friday for the opening reception of The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Nancy Tousley, at the Alberta Gallery of Art. I'm thankful to Nancy for including my work in such an outstanding exhibition, and glad to have met some pretty f'n great artists. It was also our first trip to the AGA, so that was cool. Here's some pics. Sorry for not including images of all the art, I'm not comfortable posting my crappy pics of other artists' work. I hope you'll see them for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at bruno canadien
Inviolable, a solo exhibition by Bruno Canadien, opens at Okotoks Art Gallery on Friday January 11th, with a reception from 7pm - 9pm. Inviolable is a collection of new work from the Freedom Fighter Series, conveying Indigenous resistance to Alberta’s oil & gas industry. It runs until February 23, 2013. CAMP, by Janice Tanton, will also be on view. For more information on exhibitions and location, please see the Winter 2013 Culture Guide Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at bruno canadien
In greeting the New Year, I'd like to first acknowledge the First Nations of Treaty 7: the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley Nakoda Nations, the Blood Tribe, the Piikani Nation, the Sikisika Nation and the Tsuu T'ina Nation, on whose territory Canadians of southern Alberta are blessed to call home, including myself. 2012 was a particularly good year in terms of showing and being involved in the arts, with the highlights being Narrative Quest at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, and a solo show at Bluerock Gallery here in Black Diamond. 2013 will get off to a promising start, with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at bruno canadien
Many thanks to Karen and Chris and the staff at Bluerock Gallery for hosting Oil Paintings this past month! Thanks also to everyone who stopped by the show, and especially to those who left some very kind comments in the guest book - mahsi! If you haven't seen it yet, there's still time, the show is up until Wednesday. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2012 at bruno canadien
I'll be showing new work in an exhibition entitled Oil Paintings at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, opening this Saturday (October 6). The reception is from 5pm - 8ish, so please stop by! Petroglyph, From the Freedom Fighter Series, Copyright Bruno Canadien 2012 Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at bruno canadien
In case you missed it at the Royal Alberta Museum, a smaller version of Narrative Quest is now showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Calgary until August 25. Narrative Quest is an AFA Travelling Exhibition of works by Aboriginal artists in the AFA collection, dedicated to the late Joane Cardinal-Schubert. Coal and Removal Copyright Bruno Canadien 2001 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2012 at bruno canadien
Congratulations to Faye Heavyshield, Terrance Houle, and all the artists who have been selected for the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. The AGA's press release states that "The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art will explore the theme of post-regionalism in the context of Alberta art." 36 artists, including myself, were chosen by Alberta-based writer, critic and curator Nancy Tousley to participate in this exhibition, to be presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta by ATB Financial from January 26-May 5, 2013. Click here for more details. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at bruno canadien