1957 -
Canadian Indigenous

Green Ovoid
acrylic on board, 2012
signed and dated 2012
60 x 48 in, 152.4 x 121.9 cm

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Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

George Harris, Confronting Colonialism, Vancouver Art Gallery, http://projects.vanartgallery.bc.ca/publications/75years/exhibitions/2/1/artist/43/96.27/bibliography/323, accessed November 29, 2012

In 2009, the National Gallery of Canada held an exhibition of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s Ovoid series. The ovoid is a central motif in Haida art, used repeatedly in their stylized depictions of form. Yuxweluptun is reclaiming this motif in his own terms, removing it from its traditional context and taking it into the post-modern world, incorporating elements of Minimalism and Colour Field painting. However, politics are never far from Yuxweluptun’s consciousness. In the National Gallery’s Colour Zone: Ovoids exhibition catalogue, he included a Manifesto of Ovoidism, in which he stated that he considered that his ovoids were the basis of “a philosophy to think about such things as land claims, Aboriginal rights, self determination and self government, social conditions and environmentalism, Native reason and Native philosophy…to express Native ‘modernalities’ and to intellectualise place, space and Native reason.”

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