The vibrant mural that graces the north side of Humboldt City Hall is the result of a collaboration between area school children and Indigenous artist Kevin Pee-ace who originates from Kelvington and Yellow Quill First Nation.
Kevin Pee-ace's new collection of works is entitled colour & culture and is on display at the Olivia Gallery at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. The Humboldt mural should serve as an enticement to view the vibrant floral imagery contained in the show.
“We had Kevin here for a month-long residency as part of the Olivia & Greg Yuel Artist-in-Residence Program,” explains the Olivia Gallery at Wanuskewin curator Olivia Kristoff. “He created all new artwork for the show that will be created on February 10. It will be open to the public until May 1 of this year.”
Pee-ace created a beautiful collection of pieces highlighting the importance of family and the interconnectedness we all share by residing on Turtle Island. A way to explore his identity and heal, Pee-ace has taken knowledge passed on from generations and shared it through vibrant and symbolic imagery. His large-scale, vivid artworks resonate with viewers and have become a signature style documenting Pee-ace’s vision of the prairies as a culturally rich and spirited place. The first time this style has had its own solo exhibition, colour & culture reinforces his work as a memorable representation of contemporary Indigenous art.
“It was really great to have him in the studio and have visitors able to stop by, talk with him and get a sense of how his process in creating art works,” Kristoff adds.
On Saturday, February 24, as part of Wanuskewin’s Kôna Winter Festival, the gallery will be offering a drop-in workshop with Kevin from noon until 4:00 pm. He’ll have a giant canvas and contributors can help in creating a public art piece.
The colour & culture show opens to the public on February 10. For more details, head to the events page at wanuskewin.com.