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The Great Hall Gallery at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is proud to present Sixteen Million Colours, the first survey exhibition of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s digital work, produced from 1984 to 2011. Utilizing 24 bits per pixel, or a 16 million color palette, Sainte-Marie created 11 large-scale, electric, pixel images of warriors, elders, mythological creatures and self-portraits, that contemporize and bridge the past with the present.
Buffy Sainte-Marie realized the potential of computers as artistic tools early in the onset of the computer age, when she began composing her songs digitally in a virtual studio. In 1984, she began experimenting with graphic design programs such as MacPaint, SuperPaint, PixelPaint and Photoshop. Almost three decades later, these works reflect the visionary spirit of Sainte-Marie, as an innovator of digital art-making.
The digital work in Sixteen Million Colours echoes Sainte-Marie’s love of artistic experimentation through art that is multilayered both technically and conceptually. She explains, “One thing all these works have in common, they all combine layers of different realities as well as techniques – photographic, scanned objects, digital painting, painting and layers of ideas and emotions.” The pieces in this collection reflect Sainte-Marie’s development as a digital artist as well as her Aboriginal identity.
International musical icon, Buffy Sainte-Marie, is First Nations from Saskatchewan and is an Academy Award-winning musician, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist. Buffy Sainte-Marie has a degree in Oriental Philosophy and Teaching and PhD in Fine Art. Her art work has been exhibited at the Glenbow Museum, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Isaacs Gallery, the Walter Phillips Gallery, the Gallery for Contemporary and Indigenous Art (Tuscon), The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Gurevich Fine Art (Winnipeg), and other galleries throughout North America. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, First Nations University, and the Tucson Art Museum”. Buffy St. Marie Show will run April 2013 – November 2013
Art Exhibit by First Nation Elder/Artist/ WWII Veteran & POW Henry Beaudry – Through Grandfather`s EyesOctober 2012 – April 2013