Duke Redbird is OCAD university’s first Aboriginal Advisor/Mentor. A poet, scholar, storyteller, inspirational speaker and television personality, Duke is a member of the Saugeen First Nation. He is the author of a collection of poetry and has been published in numerous anthologies including textbooks in Canada and the United States. In addition to holding a master’s degree, Redbird is a Fellow of McLaughlin College at York University and has served as Senior Associate of the York Centre for Applied Sustainability
My name is Zahra Siddiqui and my photography journey began 2 years ago. My desire to support Toronto and the art that derives from this city has pushed me into this direction. I photograph many of Toronto’s singers, dancers, painters, designers etc. and by supporting them, I am supporting myself. I feel proud to be a part of an art community that comes from such an inspiring city like Toronto.
My gaze tends to focus on urban lifestyle and the culture that speaks to where young people are today in 2014. Natural light, vibrant colors, people and culture is what my eye and mind are organically drawn to. I choose to use the City of Toronto as my backdrop as a way of being mindful, of the beauty that surrounds us.
Embellishing simplicity, Gevi places complexity on to images. Each image has a deeply personal association, and with time the relationship becomes revealed. It is not just the picture that sits on top of the painting that matters, but the effort and energy put into it. The great handmade subtleties that one may not see bring a painting to life, and not being interested in leaving things out of a work, Gevi looks for what he can invest into it’s creation.
Gevi had his first solo show November 2013. He lives and works in Toronto.
JAY BELL REDBIRD
Our nation is uplifting, moving, inspiring. I need to tell all nations about us. I feel proud as collectors and non collectors look at my art and it moves their spirit for joy. When I paint, I feel my ancestors in my heart with pure love, and i bring all the goodness of our nation onto the canvas. We are a loving, proud people; a strong, kind people. When people see my art and laugh, feel good or cry, I like that because my art is healing and people feel enlightened. I have to pass on my art to the future.
My new work comes from when I had a heart attack. I felt moved how I got another chance in life. I’m very grateful and I have to do more work to heal our world. My art is for the mind, body and spirit and not to judge other cultures or religions.
Live in peace, love and magic,
Jay Bell Redbird
Ivonka Frankova has always taken pictures of people and used the camera to explore the world around her. In 2002, she was sent to Australia to film a solar eclipse. While exploring the south Australian desert which surrounded the town of Lyndhurst, Ivonka took a series of photographs and edited the images to tell a story in a clever sequence thru shapes, colours and materials of the shifting desolate landscape.