Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun art exhibit opening at the CAG

Red Man Watching White Man Trying to Fix Hole in Sky, 1990
Artist: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Tonight is the opening for Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun's show "Neo-Native Drawings and Other Works" at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Richards and Nelson in downtown Vancouver. The opening goes from 6pm until 9pm. This is one of BC's most exciting contemporary artists, and if you're available to go, do so! And if you can't make it, his exhibit goes from March 19th until May 16th of 2010.

Yuxweluptun takes Aboriginal political issues and voices them passionately, angrily and frustratingly in surreal paintings using Coast Salish cosmology and iconography. I've been a fan since I was introduced to him back in a UBC art history class (he came and did a guest lecture), and I even wrote a research paper on some his works.

Learn more about him and his art from his website, here:

Taken from the Contemporary Art Gallery's website:

Guest-curated by Petra Watson
Opening Thursday March 18, 6 - 9 pm

Neo-Native Drawings and Other Works features three decades of drawings extending from 1980 to 2009. Yuxweluptun refers to his drawings as 'preliminary studies' serving as 'background work' and the 'measuring-stick' for developing the forms and ideas that have come to identify his style and reveal his pictorial inventiveness. These works on paper are often visual notes for his paintings. In addition, his most recent tree studies (2004 - 2009), as well as ovoid portraits (2002 - 2005), figurative works (1985 to 2009), etchings (1993 - 2009), watercolours (1980 - 1993), and a number of sketchbooks make up the first exhibition to focus on Yuxweluptun's works on paper.

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