David Wilson is a member of the
Okanagan Nation and the winner of the BC Achievement
Awards in Aboriginal Art for 2012. His exhibition
David Wilson Paintings opens at Headbones Gallery on
June 27 with a public reception from 7 – 9 PM.
work speaks of the identity and origins of the Okanagan.
It articulates traditional motifs executed in brilliant
acrylic paint - often on drums. Drawing from
pictographs, stories and indigenous imagery influenced
by the Mauri, North West Coast or Egyptians;
Wilson’s paintings can be seen as
Using vibrant colours with a
quick-read graphic style, the paintings are clear and
enlivened. Fresh in concept and design - crisp - the
combinations of geometric and organic shapes create an
energy that makes the paintings dance.
riffs on the imagery from these ancient roots,
transforming the wisdom of an earlier time into a
brightened version. By reinventing the narratives, the
stories gain in relevance. Because he has an impeccable
sense of balance and composition, the resulting pictures
reverberate with tones from our modern existence. Wilson’s work connects to
the spirits of the animals, the elements and seasons.
To celebrate the
opening, at 8PM on June 27, Headbones Gallery will host
A Procession of Colours, a performance created by
Molakira’z Dezignz. A Procession of Colours
presents the wearable art of Mollie Bono
of The Okanagan Nation and Akira Hanson
who is Metis. Drawing on the tradition of the ancestors
who used all parts of the deer and other game, the
garments are made of natural fabrics, wool with
finishing touches of bones, beads and leather.
Mollie Bono commentating and The Earth Sisters
drumming and singing (led by Robin Redhawk with Carolyn
Anele, Wendy Chambers, Judy Wessel and Akira Hanson),
the powerful voice of women will
the traditions of the people of the First Nations.
Headbones Gallery is proud to present the work of
indigenous artists as the main exhibition for the
Okanagan summer of 2013.