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LOT 030

1957 -
Canadian Indigenous

acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 2009
42 x 36 in 106.7 x 91.4 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $55,250

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Private Collection, Vancouver

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is a prominent figure in Canadian art of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent, well known for his outspoken political discourse in both his work and persona, and for bridging the gap between Indigenous and contemporary art. Containing aesthetically and conceptually compelling symbolism, Yuxweluptun’s body of work is a biting critique of Western colonialism, in particular the Indian Act and its ramifications for modern First Nations people.

In this work, a red and yellow figure stalks in a forest at night. The body is composed of the same ovoid shapes painted on the trees, implying a spiritual and material unity between humankind and the natural world. Ovoids are the building block of Haida design, and the form upon which the artist builds his work and philosophy. Yuxweluptun abstracts and animates the world through the spirit of ovoidism, creating visual narratives that invert the Western mentality of humans in a struggle with nature. By using a fusion of both Indigenous and Western artistic languages in his work, he brings forth a vision of an Indigenous cultural landscape for the current era, confronting the realities of First Nations’ land rights, social conditions and the plight of environmental loss.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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