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Daphne Odjig

Daphne Odjig is a celebrated Canadian artist of international status and acclaim whose free-hand images draw deeply upon her First Nations Odawa-Potawatomi and English heritage.

Her earliest artistic influences came from her grandfather Jonas, a stone carver who encouraged her art as a child and frequently told her Potawatomi stories as they sketched side-by-side. In adulthood, and as a noted emerging artist, she drew deeply upon the work of Picasso as one of her favourite studies. Her art is often characterized as Woodlands Style although is can also be said that her work is not purely Aboriginal, Canadian or European but a distinctive blend of all three.

At 95 years old, Odjig still puts pencil to paper every day to create flowing, evocative images that reflect strong Cubist, Surrealist and First Nations influences.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the “grandmother of Aboriginal art,” and has received many awards, honours and recognitions for her work including the Order of Canada and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Her work is found in private and permanent collections around the world including the National Gallery of Canada, the McMichael Canadian Collection, the Sequoyah Research Center in Arkansas and the Government of Israel.

Price Range: $1,300 - $30,000