Photo by Aaron Pierre

Alex Janvier

CM, AOE, RCA, LLD


Alex Janvier, Denesuline, from the Cold Lake First Nations, Treaty 6 Territory, has been a professional artist for several decades. Janvier is renowned for his distinct curved lines and use of bright color combinations. His unique abstract style and his artistic ideas have blazed the trail for many First Nations and Canadian Artists.

 

Janvier is multi-talented, creating Original Works of Art in many different mediums throughout his career. Numerous magnificent and distinct Janvier murals adorn public buildings across Canada. In 1993, while painting the magnificent “Morning Star” in the Canadian Museum of Civilization, he was nicknamed “Alexangelo”. Two other notable public commissions include “Tsa Tsa Ke K’e” or “Iron Foot Place” at the Roger Place in Edmonton, Alberta, and the diptych, site specific installation of “Sunrise” and “Sunset” at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

 

Starting in 1964, numerous galleries have exhibited Janvier paintings in solo and group shows, both nationally and internationally. In 2012, the Art Gallery of Alberta hosted a major exhibition of over ninety paintings, including very large canvas originals and works that were shown to the public for the first time. One of Alex’s highest achievements was his solo travelling exhibition titled “Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master,” that was curated by the National Gallery of Canada in 2016-2018.

 

Alex is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Distinguished Artist Award (2017), the Order of Canada (2007), the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2008), the National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), the Marion Nicoll Visual Arts Award (2008), and the Alberta Order of Excellence (2010). In the past decade, he has also been acknowledged with several honorary degrees from educational institutions across Canada including the University of British Columbia, Norquest College, Ontario College of Art and Design, Blue Quills First Nations College, the University of Calgary, and the University of Alberta.

 

Although Alex is known internationally as an artist, he has a very humble approach to life. He is grateful to be able to paint full time for it is what he loves to do. His paintings are full of culturally significant themes and history, sometimes recording the pristine beauty of our Mother Earth. The magnitude of spirituality in his paintings will keep his art alive for many centuries yet to come.

Resume

Born

  • 1935, Cold Lake First Nation, Alberta

High School

  • St. Thomas College, North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Art Education

  • 1953 to 1955 Tutoring from Professor Carlo Altenburg, University of Alberta
  • 1960 Fine Arts Diploma (Honors), Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta

Experience

  • Full time Artist since 1971
  • 1960-1962 University of Alberta Community Art Classes
  • Contributing Art Instructor at various colleges/schools
  • Active advocate for Environmental and First Nations Issues
  • Board Member Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Research Coordinator Cold Lake First Nations Land Claims Negotiations
  • Committee Member for planning of new Art College
Notable Awards and Recognition
  • 2017 Distinguished Artist Award from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, AB.
  • 2017 1st Annual Cold Lake Hall of Fame, City of Cold Lake, AB.
  • 2017 Honorary Degree Doctor of Letters, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, B.C.
  • 2017 Honorary Diploma, Norquest College, Edmonton, AB.
  • 2016 Salute to Excellence, Arts and Culture Hall of Fame, City of Edmonton, AB.
  • 2016 Honorary Degree, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON.
  • 2013 Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012 Blue Quills First Nations College, Honorary Doctorate, Indigenous Artists, Treaty 6.
  • 2010 Alberta Order of Excellence, Member – Investiture October 2010, AB,
  • 2008 Marion Nicoll Visual Arts Award, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, AB.
  • 2008 Honorary Degree Doctor of Laws, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
  • 2008 Honorary Degree Doctor of Laws, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
  • 2008 Governor General’s Award, Visual and Media Arts
  • 2008 One of Alberta’s Most Influential People, Alberta Venture Magazine
  • 2007 Order of Canada, Member, Ottawa, ON.
  • 2005 Centennial Medal for outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta
  • 2003 Dr. Bernard Chagnan Assiniwi Medal, First People Festival, Montreal
  • 2002 National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
  • 2001 Tribal Chiefs Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, Treaty 6.
  • 2001 Cold Lake First Nations Lifetime Achievement Award, Cold Lake First Nations, Treaty 6.
  • 1992 Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, Member, Ottawa, ON.
  • 1985 Canada/China Cross Cultural Exchange Tour
Commissions
  • 2019 “sa haɂa : Sunrise” and “sa nųyeɂa : Sunset”, (diptych and site specific installation) at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • 2017 “Thirteen Moons”, Banff, Alberta.
  • 2016 “Tsa Tsa Ke K’e: Iron Foot Place”, 45 feet diameter circle mosaic, Ford Hall, Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 2013 “Past”, “Present”, “Future”, triptych, Primco Dene, Cold Lake First Nations, Alberta
  • 2010 “Indigo Children” and “One Hour in Time”, Community Library, Strathcona County, Sherwood Park, Alberta.
  • 2009 “Poison Apple”, Blue Quills College near St. Paul, Alberta
  • 2008 Restoration of “Lifelines of the North” mural at Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife, NWT
  • 2007 Casino Dene Cold Lake First Nation, Alberta
  • 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 “Big Fish Waters: Louwah’ Chok Touah’”, Town Hall, Cold Lake, Alberta
  • 1980 Caernarvon Elementary School, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1978 “The Seasons” National Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1976 Stoney Rapids Motel, Stoney Rapids, Saskatchewan
  • 1976 Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1975 Strathcona County Hall, Sherwood Park, Alberta
  • 1974 Onion Lake Elementary School, Onion Lake, Saskatchewan
  • 1973 Sawridge Motor Hotel, Slave Lake, Alberta
  • 1973 “Life Lines of the North,” Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, North West Territories
  • 1972 Sherwood Medical Clinic, Sherwood Park, Alberta
  • 1971 Erminskin Kindergarten, Hobbema, Alberta
  • 1967 Indian Pavillion, Expo ’67, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 “Our Lady of Guadeloupe”, RC Mission Legoff, Alberta
  • 1952 “Sacred Heart”, Blue Quills Indian Residential School Chapel, Alberta
  • 1951 “St. Joseph the Carpenter”, Blue Quills Indian Residential School Chapel
  • 1950 “Our Lady of the Teepee”, Blue Quills Indian Residential School Chapel
Exhibitions

Solo shows marked by asterisk

  • 2018
  • Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, B.C., “The Rossi Collection, A Circle of Friends,” (November 10, 2018 – January 20, 2019)
  • 2016
  • *National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, “Alex Janvier, Modern Indigenous Master” (November 25, 2016- April 17, 2017)
  • A smaller version of this exhibition travelled to:
  • Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Sk. (May 20 – September 10, 2017)
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON. (October 7, 2017- January 21, 2018)
  • Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB. (February 15- May 27, 2018)
  • Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB. (June 16 – September 9, 2018)
  • 2016
  • *Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, AB. “Circle Circles” (May 7- May 19)
  • 2014
  • Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC, “7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.” (October 11 – January 4, 2015)
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, “7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.” (May 9 – September 1, 2014)
  • University of Alberta Museums Enterprise Square Galleries, Edmonton, AB, “kiyas aspin-it’s been a long time since” (March 27 – May 24, 2014)
  • 2013
  • Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, “Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools” (September 7-December 1, 2013)
  • Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, “PNIAI: Professional Native Indian Art Inc.” (September 19, 2013-January 12, 2014)
  • *First Nations University, Regina, SK, “Indian Group of Eight” (September 26-October 25, 2013)
  • Esker Foundation (ACAD), Calgary, AB, “Fiction/Non-fiction” (September 27-December 22, 2013)
  • *Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, AB, “Reconnecting” (October 19-31)
  • 2012
  • *Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, “Alex Janvier” (May 18- August 19)
  • *Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, “Oil Drum” (April 21 – May 4)
  • 2011
  • *Janvier Gallery, Cold Lake, Alberta “Coming Full Circle” (May 7 – 28)
  • 2010
  • *Canada House Gallery, Banff, Alberta “Works on Paper” (November 13-)
  • Profiles Public Art Gallery, St Albert, Alberta, “Shifting Patterns” (Jun.3 – Jul.3)
  • *Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, “I Love My Line” (Mar. 27 – Apr. 8)
  • France, Essor Des Vallees De L’Auxois , “ Évasions des arts contemporains” International Guest Artist
  • *South France, Var area, Le Grand Cros, “Art and Vin – The Riches of Diversity A Celebration of Canadian Art”
  • *Nyree Hazelton Arts Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia “Trading Over the Mountains”
  • Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Canada, “Among Nations” Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
  • 2008
  • *Canada House Gallery, Banff, Alberta, “Alex Janvier RCA, CM” (Sept)
  • 2007
  • *Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, “The Alberta Biennial Celebrates the Work of Alex Janvier” (Sept.7–Jan.5)
  • *Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, “Deep Roots”
  • 2006
  • *Janvier Gallery, Cold Lake, Alberta, “New Works”
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibit, “Talking Pictures: From the Sacred Circle to the Square Canvas” (Jan.2006– Jan.2008)
  • 2005
  • *Janvier Gallery, Cold Lake, Alberta, “New Watercolour Circles”
  • *Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, “Beautiful Mother Earth” (Sept. 24-Oct.6)
  • 2004
  • *Janvier Gallery, Cold Lake, Alberta, “Permanent Collection”
  • *Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, “Shoreliners,” (May 15-27)
  • The Canadian Forum on Cultural Enterprise, Paris, France (Jan. 12-14)
  • 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, “Homeboys”
  • 2000
  • Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, “Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art 2000” (travelling exhibition)
  • 1996
  • National Aboriginal Achievement Award, Winnipeg, Manitoba, “Morning Star” image as “Stage Set” for Award Ceremony
  • Canada House, Banff, Alberta
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, “Recent Acquisitions”
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, “Gifts of the Spirit”
  • 1995
  • Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
  • Big Brothers, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1994
  • West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • West End Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
  • Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
  • Mendal Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, “Negotiating the Land”
  • Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Assiniboia Bessborough Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1993
  • Yukon Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, “Alex Janvier, His First Thirty Years 1960-1990 retrospective” (travelling exhibition to major galleries across Canada)
  • Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Assiniboia Bessborough Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1992
  • *Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta, “Janvier’s Classics”
  • National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, “Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations Art at the National Gallery of Canada” (travelling exhibition)
  • *Gallery 1450, Victoria, British Columbia
  • New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, “The Mentors”
  • Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario
  • Unique Gallery, Grand Prairie, Alberta
  • Provincial Museum, Edmonton Alberta, “Alberta First Nations: From The Four Directions”
  • Canada’s First People, “A Celebration of Contemporary Native Visual Arts” (travelling exhibition)
  • 1991
  • Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
  • Unique Gallery, Grand Prairie, Alberta, “One Trick Pony”
  • West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, “20th Anniversary”
  • 1990
  • Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta, “Intertribal Indians Unlimited”
  • Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
  • 1989
  • *Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario
  • *West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, “Apple World”
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, “In the Shadow of the Sun”
  • 1988
  • Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta, “The Spirit of Lubicon”
  • Arts Court, Ottawa, Ontario, “Modern Echoes of Ancient Dreams”
  • Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
  • 1987
  • *West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, California, “A Celebration of Contemporary Canadian Native Art”
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, “Eight From the Prairies”
  • 1986
  • West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Native Business Summit, Toronto, Ontario, “New Beginnings”
  • Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta,“Founders of the Alberta College of Art”
  • 1985
  • *Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario
  • *West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, “Two Worlds”
  • Holland Festival, Amsterdam, “Challenges”
  • 1984
  • *Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario
  • *West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1983
  • *National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, “The Seasons”
  • *Soho Mercer Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Ontario, “Contemporary Indian Art at Rideau Hall” Collection of the
  • Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • United Nations General Assembly Building, New York, USA, “Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of Canada” (travelling exhibition opening at the UN building in New York)
  • Woodland Indian Cultural Educational Centre, Brantford, Ontario “Indian Art ’83”
  • Edmonton, Alberta, “Universiade ’83 Kaleidoscope”
  • 1982
  • *Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario
  • *West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art, Thunder Bay, Ontario, “Tailfeathers/Sapp/Janvier”
  • Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art, Thunder Bay, Ontario, “Renewal: Masterworks of Contemporary Indian Art from the National Museum of Man”
  • 1981
  • *West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1980
  • *Gallery Moos, Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario
  • *Robertson Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1979
  • *Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario
  • *Hampton Galleries, Pontiac, Michigan, United States of America
  • *West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1978
  • *Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, “Contemporary Native Art of Canada: Alex Janvier”
  • *West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • *Calgary Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
  • 1977
  • *Gallery Stenhusgarden, Linkoping, Sweden
  • Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, “Links to a Tradition” (travelling exhibition to Brazil)
  • *National Museum of Man, Ottawa, Ontario, “Alex Janvier: a New Dialogue between Native Sensibility and Western Tradition”
  • *Gallery Moos, Toronto, Ontario
  • Mackenzie Gallery and Native Studies Programme, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, “Contemporary Indian Art –The Trail from the past to the Future”
  • Woodland Indian Cultural Educational Centre, Brantford, Ontario,“Indian Art ’77
  • 1976
  • *Johnson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • *Framecraft Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Travelling exhibition in Ontario and Quebec, “Imprint ’76”
  • Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, “Cinader Collection”
  • Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
  • Woodland Indian Cultural Educational Centre, Brantford, Ontario,“Indian Art ’76”
  • 1975
  • *Calgary Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
  • London, Brussels, Paris, New York, Montreal
  • Alberta Art Foundation (travelling exhibition)
  • Pollock Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dominion Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
  • Wallack Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Art Emporium, Vancouver, British Colombia
  • 1974
  • *Canue, Edmonton, Alberta
  • *Framecraft Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Gallery Anthropos, London, England
  • Inukshuk Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
  • The Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, “First Biannual Invitational Painting Exhibit”
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, “Indian Art ’74”
  • Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, “Prairie ’74”
  • 1973
  • *Pollock Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • *Downstairs Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • *Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1972
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, “Treaty Numbers 23, 287, 1171”
  • Framecraft Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1970
  • *Framecraft Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • McIntosh Memorial Art Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
  • 1968
  • Glenbow Museum, Calgary, “Contemporary Indian Artists”,Western Canada Tour
  • 1965
  • Jacox Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1964
  • *Jacox Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jacox Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, “Spring All-Alberta Show”
  • 1950
  • International Vatican Exhibition, Rome, Italy
Current Representative Galleries
  • Janvier Gallery, Cold Lake, Alberta
  • Canada House, Banff, Alberta
  • Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Gallery Gevik, Toronto, Ontario
Selected Publications
  • Klinkenberg, Marty. “’I am a lucky man.’ How art saved Alex Janvier, one of Canada’s greatest living painter,” The Globe and Mail, September 22, 2018.
  • Volmers, Eric. “Glenbow exhibition traces Janvier’s 65-year evolution, Calgary Herald, June 16, 2018.
  • Hill, Greg. Alex Janvier, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, 2016.
  • Weiner, Rachel. “Breaking Barriers: Alex Janvier on his Early Life, His Artistic Development, and the Challenge of Being a Native Artist in Canada,” McMichael Magazine, 2015.
  • Whyte, Murray. “At the McMichael Gallery, the other Group of Seven,” The Star, May 13, 2015.
  • Theobald, Claire. “Artist called up to NHL,” Edmonton Sun, March 31, 2015.
  • Simpson, Peter. “The Morning Star rises better than ever,” Ottawa Citizen, September 16, 2014
  • Lavallee, Michelle. Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.: Group of Seven, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, 2013.
  • Griwkowsky, Fish. “Artist and Architect conspire for good,” Calgary Herald, October 7, 2013.
  • Griwkowsky, Fish. “Alex Janvier’s new gallery a beacon,” Edmonton Journal, October 5, 2013.
  • Seraphim, Theresa. “Observation is key to Janvier’s painting,” Cold Lake Sun, September 10, 2013.
  • Copley, John. “Janvier celebrates official opening at CLFN, Alberta Native News, September 2013.
  • Bumsted, J. M., “Fourth Edition-The Peoples of Canada: A Post-Confederation History,” Oxford Press, June, 2013
  • Copley, John. “Alex Janvier Gallery to open this Spring,” Alberta Native News, Jan. 2012.
  • Ryan, Janice. “Coming Full Circle,” The Edmonton Journal, Oct. 9, 2011
  • Moore, Sandee. “Tradition meets Activism,” Visual Arts Review, June 9, 2011.
  • Serba, Andrew. “Artist Comes Full Circle,” Cold Lake Sun, May 3, 2011
  • It Is What It Is: Recent Acquisitions of New Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, ABC/Art Books Canada, 2010.
  • Serba, Andrew. “Professional artist path has had its share of ‘up and downs’”, Cold Lake Sun, Nov. 23, 2010.
  • Chrapko, Darlene. “Artist named to Alberta Order of Excellence”, Alberta Sweetgrass, Aug. 2010.
  • “Our Cover Artist,” Alberta Native News, Mar. 2010.
  • Hill, Don. “Sky Talk”, Alberta Views, December, p. 24- 29, 2009.
  • Loft, Steven. Among Nations: Contemporary Aboriginal Art From Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the National Gallery of Canada, 2009.
  • Alex Janvier, RCA, CM, Canada House Gallery, 2008.
  • Carter, Beth and Melanie Kjorlien. Honoring Tradition: Reframing Native Art, Calgary, Glenbow Museum, 2008.
  • Picard, Carol. “Janvier Unleashes new wave of Creation”, Rocky Mountain Outlook, Aug. 21, 2008.
  • Dermott, Tracy. “Another prestigious award for artist Alex Janvier”, Cold Lake Sun, Jun. 24, 2008.
  • “Janvier wins Governor General’s Award,” Cold Lake Sun, Apr. 1, 2008.
  • Fischer, Doug. “National VISUALS,” The Ottawa Citizen, Mar. 26, 2008.
  • Canada Collects Catalogue, Royal Ontario Museum, 2007.
  • Living Utopia and Disaster Catalogue, Art Gallery of Alberta, 2007
  • Cardinal – Schubert, Joane; “In the red”, Borrowed Power: Essays on Cultural Appropriation, Bruce Ziff and Pratima V. Rao, 122-133, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2007.
  • Miller, Chris. “Janvier named to Order of Canada,” Cold Lake Sun, Feb. 27, 2007.
  • Dubeau, Janelle. “Canadian Classic,” Visual Arts, Sept. 20, 2007.
  • Davis, Ann. “A Signature Style of my Own”, written assignment by Davis, Sept. 2007
  • Staples, David. “Portrait of a Pioneer”, Edmonton Journal, Dec. 23, 2007.
  • Warnica, Richard. “Art Gallery Takes it Outside”, Edmonton Journal, Aug. 22, 2006.
  • Bouchard, Gilbert A. “Janvier patterns celebrate Dene’s repatriated forest”, Edmonton Journal, Sept. 20, 2005.
  • Brisebois, Dan. “The Art of Inspiration,” Cold Lake Sun, Nov. 23, 2004.
  • MacDonald, Jac. “Janvier Wins National Recognition”, Edmonton Journal, Jan. 23, 2002.
  • Logan, Jim. HomeBoys- Alex Janvier and Alan Syliboy, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2001.
  • Newlands, Anne. Canadian Art: From Its Beginnings to 2000, Willowdale, Ontario: Firefly, 1999-2000
  • Clark, Janet. The Helen E. Band Collection of First Nations Art, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1999-2000.
  • Cronin, Keri. “Canada’s Michaelangelo,” Legacy, August-October, 1997.
  • Hill, Richard W. et al. Gifts of the Spirit: Works By Nineteenth-Century And Contemporary Native American
  • Artists, Peabody Essex Museum Collections, 1996-1997.
  • Nowgesic, Ellen. The Honour of Giving, Assembly of First Nations, 1995.
  • Martin, Lee-Ann. Alex Janvier: Negotiating the land, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1994.
    Collins, Curtis J. Janvier and Morrisseau: Transcending a Canadian Discourse, M.A. Thesis, Concordia University, 1994.
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, In the Shadow of the Sun: Perspectives on Contemporary Native Art, Hull, Quebec: The Museum, 1993.
  • Martin, Lee-Ann. The Art of Alex Janvier: His First Thirty Years, 1960-1990, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1993.
  • Essay by Robert Houle; Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Ontario, 1993.
  • “Morning Star” Globe and Mail Metro Edition, October 15, 1993, p. C8, 1993.
  • Nemiroff, Diana et al. Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations at the National Gallery of Canada, National Gallery of Canada, 1992.
  • Williams, Dana. Canada’s First People: A Celebration of Contemporary Native Visual Arts, Syncrude Canada Ltd., 1992.
  • Hill, Tom. A Celebration of Contemporary Canadian Native Art, Southwest Museum and Woodland Indian Cultural Educational Center, 1987.
  • Podedworny, Carol. Eight From the Prairies – Part Two, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1987.
  • McMaster, Gerald R. Challenges: De Meervaart, National Museum of Man, 1985.
  • Warner, John Anson. “New vision in Canadian plains painting,” American Indian Art Magazine 10 (Spring 1985): p. 46-53, 77, 1985.
  • Zepp, Norman. Two Worlds, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1985.
  • Contemporary Indian Art at Rideau Hall, Indian and Northern Affairs, 1983.
  • Indian Art ’83, May 13-June 26, Toronto, Woodland Indian Cultural Educational Center, 1983
  • Tailfeathers/Sapp/Janvier: Selections from the Art Collection of Glenbow Museum, Thunder Bay Gallery, 1982.
  • “Janvier” Arts West 7, No. 9, October Issue, 1982.
  • Pronovost, Benoit et al. Amerindian Serigraphs, 1981.
  • Best, Alexander, Contemporary Native Art of Canada: Alex Janvier, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Royal Ontario Museum, 1978.
  • “Light and Space in the Suburban Landscape” Artscanada, February/March, 1978.
  • “Alex Janvier” Heritage Alberta, September/October, 1977.
  • Hill, Tom et al. Links to A Tradition: Symbolism In Contemporary Canadian Indian Art, INAC: McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, 1977.
  • Tamplin, Illi-Maria. Contemporary Indian Art- The Trail From The Past To The Future, MacKenzie Gallery, Trent University, 1977.
  • Indian Art ’76, Toronto, Woodland Indian Cultural Educational Center, 1976.
  • “Contemporary Native Art in Canada- The Woodland Indians,” Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 1976.
  • “Janvier,” Arts West Magazine, March/April, 1976.
  • Hill, Tom. Canadian Indian Art 74, Royal Ontario Museum and DIAND, 1974.
  • Hill, Tom. “Its Death and Rebirth” Art Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 18, Summer, 1974.
  • Fry, Jacqueline. Art Canada, Vol. XXIX, No. 3, p. 72-77 Autumn 1972.
  • Fry, Jacqueline, “Treaty Numbers 23, 287, 1171,” The Indian Painters of the Prairies, Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1972.
  • “Museum Plans, Medicine Hat”, Alberta New, Jan. 1969.
  • “Advice Sought from Alberta Indians on Expo” Western Week, Jan. 1966.
Selected Media
  • 2018 Alex Janvier paints the vast landscape of Indigenous Life, The Globe and Mail.
  • 2017 Alex Janvier: Full Interview, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • 2017 The North Star Project, Alex Janvier: The Gifts of the Creator, S.Darren Wonder Productions.
  • 2017 Alex Janvier: In Conversation, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • 2016 Ice Level: The Feature on Alex Janvier
  • 2016 Alex Janvier: Opening, National Gallery of Canada.
  • 2015 The Life and Work of Alex Janvier, First Voices Multimedia Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • 2015 The Pass System, Alex Williams, produced in association with Tamarack Productions.
  • 2006 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Artspots, Alex Janvier, RCA
  • 2005 Earth Voices, Series 1, T. Loughlin, A. Janvier, by Carol Chapelski
  • 2004 The Sharing Circle, segment featuring Alex Janvier, February 21
  • 2002 Voices: Life and Work of the Woodland Artist, First Voice Multimedia Inc.
  • 1991 Investment in Art, Alberta Art Foundation, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1991 Echo Des Songes, Arthur Lamonthe, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1984 Seeing It Our Way: Alex Janvier, CBC Edmonton
  • 1983 Our Native Land: Alex Janvier, CBC/CBO
  • 1973 Canadian Indian Canvas, Henning Jacobsen Productions, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1973 Colours of Pride, National Film Board of Canada
  • 1973 Alex Janvier: The Native Artist, Alberta Native Communications Society
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