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LOT 065

Daphne Odjig
1919 - 2016

Awakening of Spring
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso titled
32 x 66 in 81.3 x 167.6 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000

Sold for: $70,200

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Private Collection, Montreal

Daphne Odjig was born in the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, of Potawatomi / Odawa / English heritage. Her work is rooted in the aboriginal cultures of Manitoulin Island, the art of the Canadian Northwest Coast and European artistic movements of the early twentieth century. In 1973 Odjig co-founded the Professional Native Indian Artists Association (later Incorporation), often referred to as the Indian Group of Seven; it was the first collective to promote and exhibit First Nations art in mainstream institutions. Odjig is one of the most important and influential First Nations Canadian artists, whose complex oeuvre represents a crucial turning point in the history of contemporary native art in Canada. Her major touring retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in 2009 - 2010 was a milestone – it was the first time that a First Nations woman was given a solo exhibition there. Odjig incorporated Anishinabe motifs, themes and myths into her work, and Awakening of Spring is her joyous celebration of nature’s cycle back to the season of light and love.

Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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