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Indigenous Education

Paint with Gayle Sinclair

September 30, 2020


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Are you ready to paint? Take some time to heal your spirit with a painting demonstration with artist Gayle Sinclair. Gayle walks us through her process and teaches us some new techniques using only three colours. This event is presented as part of Truth and Reconciliation Week.

From Norway House Cree Nation, artist Gayle Sinclaire has pursued the use of colour through oils and acrylics on canvas and paper for the last 37 years. Initially self-taught, at the age of 14 she sold her first oil painting. After completing high school in 1986, she had gone on to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. During her studies, Gayle rapidly advanced her technique, concerning herself with composition, content, treatment of light and the placement and use of vibrant colours.

Content became the most important theme of her work: the image has to carry the real of mystery, deeply embedding hidden messages of spirituality and culture. Through all the creative experiences, Gayle has developed a unique painting style. Currently she paints and continues to trail blaze. As a most compelling artist, her soul-filled efforts have been exhibited widely in both solo and group shows through Canada, the United States and Europe. Gayle’s work, not surprisingly, focuses primarily on women and children, affirming the importance of strength women in the Aboriginal culture and celebrating the family unit. Most works also have a literal or symbolic connection with nature, such as birds, leaves, and water, which injects a strong spiritual quality to her art. In the fall of 2003, she was one of seven artists chosen for the Image Makers First Nation Art Exhibit in Los Angeles. Most recently. She has completed a commission for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Her work is in the collections of the Manitoba Assembly of Chiefs, the community offices in Norway House and Cross Lake, and the homes and offices of numerous private patrons