New Works by Ojibwe Woodland Artist,
Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
Opening Reception on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
Exhibition: February 28 -March 28, 2019
Skwachàys Lodge – 31 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3
Artist Statement: Joshua Pawis-Steckley
This collection of work is a reflection of serene, warmhearted and sentimental memories. Referencing my life while I was living back home on Wasauksing First nation, my work explores the varying relationships between family and land; by the fire, at the lake, in our homes, or at the drum. These memories we’ve shared have shaped us and held us together throughout our lives; binding us by land and space. My family means more than love and warmth; we are connected in ways words cannot describe.
For many generations, we have endured and survived on this land, as family. These works aim to capture that sentiment. Using the woodland art style of the Anishinaabe people, I deepen that connection through culture and time.
Artist Bio: Joshua Pawis-Steckley
Joshua is a painter and illustrator with Ojibwe roots. He was born in Barrie, Ontario and is a member of Wasauksing First Nation. He gets his creative talents from his family, with both his Mother and Nokomis being talented quill box makers. He was never formally trained in acrylic painting, however, he started practicing his craft in his early 20s. He now practices the Anishinaabe woodland art style popularized by Norval Morrisseau. He graduated from the Graphic Design Program at NSCC in Halifax (2014) and has a passion for hand-printed artwork. Joshua has had several exhibitions in BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia showing paintings, screen-printed posters, and zines.
Recently, Joshua’s works were exhibited as part of the Artists in Residence group show, “The Tribe Has Spoken” which was held at Skwachàys Lodge in May 2018. He also displayed 3 pieces for the Woodland Cultural Centre’s group show titled, “Indigenous Art 2018”; a group show that also featured emerging and established indigenous artists including Auralast and Chief Ladybird. In 2017, he had his first one-man show at Skwachàys Lodge which featured works inspired by The Legend of Waynaboozhoo. He has been an artist in residence since 2017.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2018
Welcome Room at 31 West Pender
Hosted by Artists in Residence at Skwachàys Lodge