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True To Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel

Starting June 15th, 2022, you’ll be able to see the most extensive exhibit of paintings ever mounted at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.

‘True To Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel’ was curated by Xémontalót Carrielynn Victor (Stó:lō), an artist and muralist.

This striking exhibit involves 10 Northwest Coast Indigenous artists across multiple mediums including canvas, digital creations, paper, sculptural forms, and traditional basketry. These artists are: Atheana Picha, Corey Bulpitt, Crystal Worl, Eliot White-Hill, Luke Parnell, Ocean Hyland, Robert Davidson, Shawn Hunt, Steve Smith, and Thomas Jones.

Of the exhibit, curator Victor says: “Indigenous artists have historically and persistently seized any new tools at hand as a means of expression, moving forward in their practice from a place of history, tradition, and storytelling. Through the preservation of culture and principles of traditional form, artists use these grounding elements as a springboard to take their art expression further. Through the examination of process, quality, colour, and transformation, visitors are welcomed to explore new approaches, ideas, and innovations in painting that are place-based and story-rich.”

The second half of the exhibit’s name – stímetstexw tel xéltel – was guided by artist and language keeper, Thomas Jones, in the Upriver Stahlo, Halq’emeylemqel dialect. Its meaning? ‘Keeping the pencil moving forward’.

Here’s a first look in..

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Corey Bulpitt
Raven Who Kept Walking, 2021
Acrylic on New York Subway map (original) Collection of the Artist

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Robert Davidson Hat, 2021
Acrylic paint on spruce root hat
Collection of the Artist

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Atheana Picha
Blue-blackfish, 2022
Mixed media
Collection of the Artist

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Luke Parnell
The Drums Are Calling,
2021 Acrylic on canvas
Private Collection

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Bill Reid Gallery

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Header Art:
Steve Smith
A Time for Love, 2020
Acrylic on Red Cedar Collection of the Artist

 

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