Alex Janvier

"In 1960 the world wasn’t ready for a First Nations artist interested in contemporary painting.  Whatever work I produced was a surprise to most people.  It has been a long trail and I’m glad I did what I did.  I think I had good fortune not to give up or give in.  I am very grateful to those who did take me seriously and supported this new energy in the art world.  I have accomplished more than I ever dreamed.  This is just part of my story, the rest is in the painting!"

Alex Janvier was born on the Cold Lake First Nations, just outside the town of Cold Lake, Alberta in 1935. Proud of his Dene Suline heritage, it is a fundamental part of his artwork. Raised by his parents Harry and Mari, he had humble, but loving beginnings. His talent was encouraged by Father Rolande at Blue Quills Indian Residential School. Later, he obtained a Fine Arts Diploma from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary in 1960. He has not held back since. With international exhibitions, Alex has been recognized worldwide. His distinct curved lines and use of bright colour combinations are fundamental to his style. In 1995 he completed the astounding piece entitled “Morning Star” in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec. Because the piece was done on a ceiling dome, he earned the name “Alexangelo.” As one of Canada’s most accomplished artists, Janvier has also been commissioned to paint more than a dozen murals in major public buildings and schools across Canada.

Notable Awards or Recognition:
2002 National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award. 2001 Tribal Chiefs Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. 2001 Cold Lake First Nations Lifetime Achievement Award. 1992 Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. 1985 Canada/China Cross Cultural Exchange Tour.

Art Education: 1960 Fine Arts Diploma, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta.

Collections:
Alberta Art Foundation, Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts Society, Edmonton, Alberta. AMACO Canada Ltd., Calgary, Alberta. The Late Helen E. Band Collection, Toronto, Ontario. The Saidye and Samuel Bronfman Memorial Collection, Montreal, Quebec. The Canada Council Art Bank, Hull, Quebec. Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec. Cinader Collection, Toronto, Ontario. Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, Ontario. Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, Ontario. City of Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta. Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.. Edmonton Public Schools Board, Edmonton, Alberta. Esso Oil Resources, Calgary, Alberta. Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta. Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Gulf Oil Resources, Calgary, Alberta. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario. Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Quebec. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. National Museum of Man, Ottawa, Ontario. The Late Lester B. Pearson Collection, Ottawa, Ontario. Petro-Canada, Calgary, Alberta. Shell Canada, Calgary, Alberta. Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto, Ontario. Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Commissions:
1998 “White Buffalo” ($200 coin), The Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa, Ontario. 1993 “Morning Star,” Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec. 1986 Legoff School, Cold Lake Alberta. 1984 Bonnyville Health Centre, Bonnyville, Alberta. 1982 Town Hall, Cold Lake, Alberta. 1978 “The Seasons,” National Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario. 1976 Stoney Rapids Motel, Stoney Rapids, Saskatchewan. 1976 Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton, Alberta. 1975 County of Strathcona Building, Sherwood Park, Alberta. 1974 Onion Lake Elementary School, Onion Lake, Alberta. 1973 Sawridge Motor Hotel, Slave Lake, Alberta. 1973 Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, North West Territories. 1972 Sherwood Medical Clinic, Sherwood Park, Alberta. 1971 Erminskin Kindergarden, Hobbema, Alberta. 1967 Indian Pavilion, Expo ‘67, Montreal, Quebec.

Recent Exhibitions (present to 1975):
2004
Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2003 Janvier Gallery, Cold Lake, Alberta. 2002 Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta: New Works in Watercolour. 2001 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia: Journey. 2000 Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta: Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art 2000 (travelling). 1996 Canada House, Banff, Alberta. 1996 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario.: Recent Acquisitions. 1996 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts: Gifts of the Spirit. 1995 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, Alberta. 1995 Big Brothers, Ottawa, Ontario. 1995 Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario. 1994 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta. 1994 West End Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia. 1994 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, Alberta. 1994 Mendal Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Negotiating the Land. 1994 Assiniboia, Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan. 1994 Assiniboia Bessborough Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 1994 Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta. 1993 Yukon Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon. 1993 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario: Alex Janvier, His First Thirty Years 1960-1990 retrospective (travelling exhibition to major galleries across Canada). 1993 Assiniboia, Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan. 1993 Assiniboia Bessborough Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 1992 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, Alberta.: Janvier’s Classics. 1992 National Art Gallery: Land, Spirit, Power (travelling exhibition). 1992 Gallery 1450, Victoria, British Columbia. 1992 New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta: The Mentors. 1992 Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario. 1992 Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. 1992 Unique Gallery, Grand Prairie, Alberta. 1992 Provincial Museum, Edmonton Alberta: Alberta First Nations: From The Four Directions 1992 Canada’s First People: A Celebration of Contemporary Native Visual Arts (travelling exhibition) 1991 Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta. 1991 Unique Gallery, Grand Prairie, Alberta: One Trick Pony. 1991 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta: 20th Anniversary. 1991 West End Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia. 1990 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta: Intertribal-Indian Unlimited. 1982 Gallery Moos, Calgary, Alberta. 1981 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta. 1980 Gallery Moos, Calgary, Alberta. 1980 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta. 1979 Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario. 1979 Hampton Galleries, Pontiac, Michigan, United States of America. 1979 Robertson Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario. 1979 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta. 1978 Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario.: ALEX JANVIER, Contemporary Native Art of Canada Series. 1978 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta. 1978 Calgary Galleries, Calgary, Alberta. 1977 Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario. 1977 National Museum of Man, Ottawa, Ontario: Alex Janvier: a new dialogue between Native Sensibility and Western Tradition. 1977 Gallery Stenhusgarden, Linkoping, Sweden. 1976 Johnson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta. 1975 Alberta Art Foundation (travelling exhibition: London, Brussels, Paris, New York, Montreal). 1975 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. 1975 Dominion Gallery, Montreal, Quebec. 1975 Wallack Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario.

Aerial View

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 20 Inches
Code No.: AJ376
Price: $6,400.00

East Mountain Totem

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 24 x 18 Inches
Code No.: AJ374
Price: $5,800.00
SOLD

Trapper’s Festival – Woul’ly

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Code No.: AJ373
Price: $5,800.00

Beads and Fringe

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20 x 16 Inches
Code No.: AJ372
Price: $4,500.00

Red Miner

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12 x 16 Inches
Code No.: AJ369
Price: $3,300.00

Pink Cloud

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12 x 9 Inches
Code No.: AJ368
Price: $1,800.00

A Surgical Strike

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 22 x 30 Inches
Code No.: AJ381
Price: $5,900.00

Australian Violin String Quartet

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 30 x 23 Inches
Code No.: AJ367
Price: $6,500.00 Framed

Buffalo Boy

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 30 x 23 Inches
Code No.: AJ365
Price: $5,900.00

Okanagan Heat

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 23 x 30 Inches
Code No.: AJ363
Price: $5,900.00

Gu Detth’Eni (Turtle Being)

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
Size: 24 x 20 Inches
Code No.: AJ362
Price: $6,400.00

Two Red Road, Ribbon Country

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 18 Inches
Code No.: AJ360
Price: $5,800.00

Banff Eclipse

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 18 Inches
Code No.: AJ359
Price: $5,800.00

Mysterious Dancer

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 18 Inches
Code No.: AJ358
Price: $5,800.00

1998 Houn’ka Heritage Days

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 30 x 22 Inches
Code No.: AJ351
Price: $6,500.00 Framed
SOLD

Hanging Petals

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 30 x 22 Inches
Code No.: AJ350
Price: $6,500.00 Framed

Blue Eyes

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 22 x 30 Inches
Code No.: AJ349
Price: $5,900.00

Four Eagles painting by Alex Janvier

Four Eagles

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 18" Circle
Code No.: AJ284
Price: $3,850.00 Framed

Go!

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 30 x 22 Inches
Code No.: LA327
Price: $5,900.00

Break of Dawn

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 30 x 22 Inches
Code No.: LA326
Price: $5,900.00

Red Flowers

Artist: Alex Janvier
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
Size: 30 x 22 Inches
Code No.: AJ324
Price: $5,900.00