Merlin Homer – Merlin’s Spirits
November 17 – December 1, 2013
Reception: November 17, 4-8 pm.
Communication Art Gallery is excited to bring you the colourful and contemplative art of Merlin Homer.
Merlin Homer is a loved and respected First Nations artist who has participated in over 60 juried and solo exhibitions dating back to 1965. Merlin’s paintings appear in several anthologies of native art, and have been reproduced frequently. For a number of years, Merlin served as the President and Spokesperson of CARFAC Ontario, representing the legal, economic and moral rights of visual and media artists in Ontario.
Merlin’s art is idiosyncratic, generally combining some reference to the four directions with autobiographical material and colour field explorations. To quote cultural critic Virginia Rock (Professor Emerita, York University), “Thank you for always creating beauty. What vibrancy! What delight!”
Merlin Homer’s paintings and drawings have appeared on journal and book covers, and in published collections of Native art. She has also appeared on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (ATPN), CITY TV, and Aboriginal Voices Radio. Her honours include a four-year scholarship to Sarah Lawrence College, representing the professional visual artists of this province and First Prize in Gallery Streetsville’s Treasures of Ontario Aboriginal Art.
Jurors have commented, “Merlin delicately relates the spiritual maze of life, of creation itself,” and “Merlin’s drawings express her absolute love for the world.”
In December 2013 Merlin will receive an award from CARFAC Ontario for activism on behalf of visual artists in Ontario.
Opens today. Hope to see you there!