This stunning print is done in the Woodland Art style by artist Gordon Coons. Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity that tells the story...
"Norval Morriseau, a Canadian Ojibwe, introduced native artists to the Woodland Style of art. I believe that this style of art is created from the combination of Ojibwe petroglyphs (drawings or carvings on rocks) and images from birch bark scrolls. The images can also be identified as X-ray vision.
The inspiration for these images relies on Ojibwe clans and stories. The artist usually paints images with a heavy black outline and paints what is felt or perceived inside animals (or people). What is painted inside the animal or person represents a kind of spirit, a source of powers.
The inspiration for this image comes from watching Loons bring new life to Chief Bay. Chief Bay is located on the Chippewa Flowage within with Lac Courte Oreilles reservation in northern Wisconsin."
--artist Gordon Coons
Giclee print on archival paper with archival inks
12 inches wide by 9 inches high
Oil paints on Belgian linen
Casino player's card used as paint brush to paint the backgroundView original
Boozhoo - Gordon Coons Ojibwa / Ottawa ArtistGordon Coons' heritage is Ojibwa from Lake Superior Chippewa Band of Wisconsin (from my father) and Ottawa from Michigan (from my mother). He is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe of northern Wisconsin. Originally from Wisconsin, Gordon is now living in Minneapolis Minnesota.
Gordon is a self taught artist, creating works in a variety of mediums including linoleum block prints, paintings, pen and ink, creations in stone and wood and assembled sculptures. Although his artwork is more contemporary, each piece portrays a unique view of traditional native stories.
Gordon has been showing artwork at juried shows around the country, including Eiteljorg Museum of Indianapolis; Art Northwest of Portland, Oregon; University of Kansas Museum of Anthropology at Lawrence, Kansas; Oscar Howe Arts Center and Dakota Discovery Museum at Mitchell, South Dakota; Gathering of People Wind and Water, Rapid City, South Dakota.
He has won numerous recognition awards and commissions for graphics/prints, paintings and assembled sculptures. His works have become part of permanent collections of institutions such as the Minneapolis American Business Development Corporation; Red Cloud Indian School Heritage in Pine Ridge, South Dakota; the Summit Medical Center of Oakland, California; Red Earth, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, Chamberlain, South Dakota; and Lac Courte Oreilles Community Library, Reserve, Wisconsin. Gordon was commissioned by Keith Secola for an image to be sold as a poster by Keith Secola at concerts. He was commissioned for an image to be used by WOJB-88.9FM of Lac Courte Oreilles, Reserve, Wisconsin, for their 20th anniversary celebration. He was commissioned to create and lead a project of five artists from Lac Courte Oreilles to create eleven images, sized 40" by 60" and he created one image size of 5 feet by 5 feet, depicting the Ojibwa migration story. The images are located at the Lac Courte Oreilles Community Library. The migration story images have also been used by the White Earth Land Recovery Project for the 2007 Annual Report.