Daphne Odjig
Daphne Odjig

Oil on Canvas, 30 x 42, 1979
Daphne Odjig

Daphne Odjig
  • Born at Wilwemiking Reserve, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, she is of the Odawa tribe, Ojibwa nation.
  • A renowned artist with paintings in several countries.
  • Received an Honorary Doctorate (LLD) from the University of Toronto.
  • Received the Order of Canada for her artistic contribution to her country.

Daphne Odjig, one of Canada’s premier contemporary artists, developed a unique personal style of painting and printmaking, to which Logie pays homage in the background of this portrait. An Ojibway of the Odawa Nation, Odjig helped revitalize Indian art, inspiring other artists to recognize their First Nations culture as a vital, contemporary part of their work, and art collectors and curators to see First Nations art as more than a mere relic. She developed her own print-making style and reproduced her own works, expanding public recognition for her art and making it more accessible. Her style and form adapts traditional Ojibway iconography, while drawing on the methods of cubism, surrealism and expressionism. She creates an unparalleled, fluid interpretation of the world. Her work has earned her international acclaim, the Order of Canada (1986) and a name as an “artist warrior.”

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