Daphne Odjig Homage to Grandfather Set of 3 Serigraph Prints 61/99 For Sale
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Daphne Odjig Homage to Grandfather Set of 3 Serigraph Prints 61/99: $5,000
This is a set of three prints that are part of Daphne's "Homage to Grandfather" Series. Each print is signed by the artist and is numbered 61/99. This series was released to the public in 1980. These prints will be mailed unframed and rolled, unless other arrangements are made. These are all in their original frames from 1980, and the prints have never been taken out. Therefore, there is likely some discoloration where the matte hits the print on each piece. All sales are final, and no refunds will be accepted for any unforeseen damage.The Homage to Grandfather series offers a personal glimpse into the life of Odjig, differing from her work detailing the history and legends of her people. The figures emerge from a series of smooth circles, ovals, and sinuous curves, with bold blocks of colours reinforcing shapes within shapes that not only create a unified image, but visually reinforce the idea of cyclical patterns, harmony, and the interconnectedness to all people and things that these figures (and all of humanity) share. Odjig’s approach to this series shows the individual faces rising from indistinct communal bodies; a community united by culture, blood, and affection.Each of these prints captures a particular moment that speaks of Odjig’s own experiences growing up. *Listening* is an entrancing print, the joyous smile of the Grandfather as he hugs his grandchild closely, listening to the child. The only clear distinction between the figures is their individual heads and their feet; their blankets and clothing otherwise meld together, suggesting rather than defining with sinuous calligraphic shapes.The moment portrayed in *Learning* is self-evident and speaks not only of the universal idea of children learning from their elders, but also a culture-specific action. The figures wrapped in decorative, traditional blankets provide a hint that the topic of discussion may also be traditional. The intimate proximity of the figures to each other also adds to the portrayal – it is learning, not teaching.*Comforting* again captures a universal grandparent moment, the face of the Grandfather serene and calming, the faces of the two grandchildren relaxed in total trust. Again, the bold shapes and blocks of colour serve to highlight the countenance of the individuals, while the bodies and clothing meld together. This joining of shapes is stylistic, yet also part of the story of this series – the grandfather and the grandchildren are individuals, but also joined closely by bonds of affection and family.Each of the prints in this series speaks of family, culture and the important relationship and deep affection that can and should exist between elders and children – appropriate for someone who is herself seen as a matriarchal figure who has captured her people’s voice, history and legends in a unique artistic style. Odjig has inspired many as one of the co-founders of the "Indian Group of Seven" (Professional Native Indian Artists Association), participating in the very first exhibition of Native artists in a Canadian public gallery (Winnipeg, 1972). Although originally associated with the Woodland School of Anishnabe painters, Odjig developed her own approach, one both fluid and expressive that comes across clearly in the strongly personal Homage to Grandfather series.Daphne Odjig is one of the most celebrated artists in Canada, and is considered a master of the Woodland style of painting, which is predominantly found in Ontario and the Canadian prairies. Largely self-taught, Odjig has been painting since she was a child. However, she was encouraged by her sister to work with Native subject matter in the early 1960s. Odjig had her first solo show at the Lakehead Art Centre, ON, in 1967, and in 1972 she was featured in a pivotal exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with Dene Suline artist Alex Janvier. This was one of the first times that Native artists were featured in a Canadian art gallery, rather than a museum. In 1973, Odjig co-founded the Professional Native Indian Artists Association. One year later, Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon, opened the Warehouse Gallery in Winnipeg, MB, which was designed to promote Native artists. Odjig then moved to her current home of Anglemont, BC, in 1976. It was at this time that she really hit her stride as a painter. She went on to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Laurentian University in 1982, an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Toronto in 1985, and an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Nipissing University in 1997. In 2007, Odjig received the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. "Homage to Grandfather", "Daphne Odjig prints", "Native American elders"