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Janice Toulouse

Janice Toulouse

“My art honours the First People of North America...”

My research and painting practice are on the conservation of the environment, and historical works that commemorate Indigenous people. My research is revising history from an Indigenous perspective, to respect and connect all life. My practice involves eradicating stereotypes and sexism in art, for the benefit of all humans. My paintings are my vision of color, energy and thought evolving in the space of a canvas surface transcending boundaries on Indigenous art.  I am researching is the visual aesthetic of symbols and the evolution of Anishinabek art that is based on a visionary approach to creating. Paintings that tell a story of nature, history, and memory. These are studies in perception of traditional geometric design and color combined with abstract art to form a unique contemporary art.

My art honours the First People of North America, and is important for the voice I provide in the Indigenous art communities and the general art audience in Canada. I recently painted on a series of portrait paintings of Chiefs and Matriarchs of ancestral Anishinabe family members, political leaders and medicine people for a curated group exhibition of established and emerging Indigenous women artists titled "Ogema: I Am Woman". Currently I am in France working on a series of paintings titled "The Red Line", inspired by the Indigenous people who kayaked on Basin de la Villette in Paris in protest of being excluded in participating in the United Nations Global Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015.

Janice Toulouse is an Anishinabe Kwe visual artist from Vancouver, B.C.