Alex Janvier, RCA, CM
Alex Janvier, Denesuline, from Cold Lake First Nations in Alberta has been a professional artist for several decades. Janvier is a trendsetter, renowned for his distinct curved lines and use of bright color combinations. His unique abstract style has blazed the trail for the newcomers in First Nations Art, but also Canadian Art.
Janvier is multi-talented, creating Original Works of Art in many different mediums throughout his career. Numerous Janvier murals, enjoyed by many, adorn public buildings. In 1993, while painting the magnificent “Morning Star” in the Canadian Museum of Civilization, he was nicknamed “Alexangelo”. Another large commission is at County Hall, Sherwood Park, Alberta. Alex’s first mural was painted at the Indian Pavilion at Expo 1967.
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 the major solo travelling exhibition that was curated by the National Gallery of Canada in 2016-2018.
Alex is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Order of Canada, Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, and the National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 he was honored with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Marion Nicoll Visual Arts Award, while in 2010 he was invested into the Alberta Order of Excellence. He has also been acknowledged with several honorary Doctorate Degrees from educational institutions across Canada.
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.