INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY

Includes J Akulukjuk, Nellie Appakqaq, Bill Henderson, Stanley Clifford Hunt, Tom Hunt, Charlie Inukpuk, Alex Janvier, Moses Katiak, Iziasie Kopalie, Bessie Kukilukak, Allie Kusudluak, Terry McCue, Napatchie Noah, Daphne Odjig, William Pigalak, Jane Ash Poitras, Kananginak Pootoogook, Lucy Quinnauyuak, Allen Sapp, Pudlalik Shaa, Stewart Steinhauer, U. Unknown
Sunday, June 21, 2020

Showing Terry McCue

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY

Established in 1974, with a mandate to support Canadian artists, Canada House Gallery has become a national leader in sharing the artwork of Canada’s Indigenous artists to an international audience.

Located in Banff National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Canada House Gallery acknowledges the Treaty of 1877, Treaty Seven, and the Treaty of 1895 between the salmon and buffalo peoples. There is deep and enduring memory of this valley held by Ktunaxa (too-naa-xha), Secwepemc (sha-whep-mak, or Shuswap), Métis, Dene & Tsuu T'ina, Mountain Cree, Siksika & Blackfoot, and Stoney Nakoda peoples. The Government of Canada, in cooperation with Indigenous organizations, chose the Summer Solstice to recognize and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Join us in honouring Indigenous heritage and culture through this exquisite exhibition of curated artworks by some of Canada’s most prominent Indigenous artists. Northwest Coast, Cree, Ojibwe, Dene Suline/Saulteaux, and Inuit artworks and cultural stories are showcased in this exceptional exhibition.

All artwork subject to presale.

GOAT'S SHEILD
GOAT'S SHEILD
TM555
acrylic, canvas
40 x 30 in.
$4,900 CAD


Terry McCue is an Ojibway Indian from the Curve Lake First Nation, in southeastern Ontario. Terry moved to Alberta in 1976 and continues to call it home. For nineteen years, Terry worked as a facilitator conducting workshops across Canada to train substance abuse workers in Native communities. During that time he worked as a freelance illustrator, producing a variety of works including posters, book covers, and illustrations for addiction manuals. He used this work to continually develop his skills as an artist. Terry’s work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States.

Terry McCue is a self-taught painter, who spent time in his youth watching his cousin Arthur Schilling and learning from him. Arthur Schilling still influences Terry’s paintings. Terry’s paintings reflect the four principles that sum up his philosophy.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Humanity is an integral part of creation. Humor is spiritual sustenance. Respect for the natural world, and our place in it, is the key to personal understanding. We are magical beings living in a magical world.

My paintings depict images from a particular perspective – my own. Personal experiences – cultural, spiritual, romantic, upbringing. These are the things that formed me. It is the culmination of all this that is on the canvas.

Take the animal portraits, for example. I was taught that the animals are our relatives. They don't exist only in their relation to us. They have an integrity of life separate from us and it is our responsibility to guard their cultures. We have life because they have life.

Ojibways, before contact, believed that we must discipline our thinking and our behaviour. They knew that humans had developed a different way of thinking from the animal world. The animals think, just differently. The human way of thinking can pose a danger to the natural world, because we can devise schemes that can lead to the demise of everything not like us. Animals don't do that. We see every day the disappearance of a different species from the earth. The Ojibways would have said that another group of our family has just disappeared. Perhaps our ignorance can lead to our demise as well. So – if we have not considered the consequences of our behaviour on the other species, that does not mean that this Ojibway stops trying. My paintings are me, trying.

Consequently, my moose are rainbows and my bears travel with spirit guardians. It is my attempt to show the astounding beauty and the mystery of the world not wrapped in our skin. To ask the viewer to embrace new perceptions for an imaginative leap into the world of the indigenous. You do not have to believe to understand or respect another's vision.

The teepee paintings speak to the universal human concept of home and of our desire to abide in capsules of beauty.

Born on February 18 in Curve Lake Reserve, ON. Nationality is Ojibway

Exhibitions

2019 Art/Live, artist demonstrations, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2019 International Indigenous Day, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 Homage to the Wild, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2013 2 Friends, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2011-12 Narrative Quest, Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, AB
2011 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2008 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Joy Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Dynamic Demo Day, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Solo Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 Joy Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 Best of the Best, Group Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2004 Demo Days, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2003 Simply Trees, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2002 Feel Good Art, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2001 Year of the Great Bear, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

Collections

Stanley A Milner Library, Edmonton Public Libraries, Edmonton, AB
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Government of Canada, Dept of Foreign Affairs
Province of Manitoba

Publications

2006 Galleries West
2009 YouTube video
2009 Rocky Mountain Outlook review
2011 Rocky Mountain Outlook review