Category: Profiles

Joshim Kakegamic (1952-1993)

Joshim began painting in his teens under the watchful eyes of his brother-in-law, Norval Morrisseau and Carl Ray. Together with his brothers Goyce and Henry, he set up and operated the Triple K Co-Operative. The co-op was unique as an all First Nations business…

Bruce Ranta

Bruce is a Wildlife Biologist with an MSc in Biology. He is retired after more than 30 years with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, but remains active in all things wildlife. He has over many years published articles and photographs in refereed scientific…

Sweetpea (Leo Neilson)

Leo (Sweetpea) Neilson, an Ojibway from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, began his painting career at the age of 16. His mentors include Gary Meeches and Isaac Bignell, and he also has found great inspiration in the works of Benjamin Chee Chee. Although his…

Elizabeth Campbell

One of the partners of the Darlington Gallery, Elizabeth is a Jill of all aspects and master of none. But she has a lot of fun with her camera, her watercolours, her writing, her needlework… She is mostly self-taught with a few lessons from…

Deanna Therriault

Deanna Marie Therriault is an indigenous artist of Mushkegowuk and Anishnabek ancestry and a member of the Fort William First Nation. Deanna began her artistic career late in life at the age of 40 and has been both working in ink, acrylic and watercolour…

Okima Kishik

Okima Kishik is Whitefish Bay artist Francis Paul’s Ojibwa name. Best known for his charcoal drawings, he also paints with acrylics, or mixes the two mediums. Many of his works portray spiritual beings and shape-changers, radiating the beauty or dignity of their First Nation…

Greenefeather

Fred Green, a.k.a. Greenefeather, really paved the way for First Nations artists in the Lake of the Woods area. Although he garnered much of his income from guiding in his younger days, he was creating art for sale in the early 1950s. His best…

Tracy Horvath

Tracy is a visual artist based in Kenora, ON, with a focus on photography. Born in 1970’s Winnipeg, Tracy moved to Toronto in the 1990’s to work towards becoming a professional visual artist. With over 50 exhibition credits to her name, her work has…

Goyce Kakegamic

Goyce is a member of Keewaywin First Nation, currently living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He began to paint as a teenager under the instruction of his brother-in-law, Norval Morrisseau and later under the eye of Carl Ray. Together with his brothers Henry and Joshim…

Derek Harper

Derek Harper was born in Sioux Lookout in 1977 and grew up on his grandfather’s trap line near Keewaywin First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. His artwork is inspired by stories, beliefs and superstitions told to him by his grandparents. “My grandmother and grandfather answered…