This exhibition presents a selection of works by the leading Saulteaux artist Robert Houle who grew up in Sandy Bay First Nation on the western shore of Lake Manitoba. In his early days, Houle attended Sandy Bay Residential School and, like many Indigenous children, experienced abuse there. At its heart, the exhibition features a selection of works from Houle’s "Sandy Bay Residential School" series (2009), a suite of 24 oilstick drawings made by the artist as he recollected these childhood terrors. "Histories" also includes Houle’s magnificent self-portrait "Blue Thunder" (2011), an unfurling testament to the artist’s courage and resilience, and "Muhnedobe uhyahyuk (Where the gods are present)" (1989), a group of four large canvases that express the artist’s redemptive connection to the land and sky of Manitoba.
Sunday, February 23
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, ON L0J 1C0