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Mendel Art Gallery Features Exhibition with an Historical Focus
The Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon is proud to present the exhibition, James Henderson: Wicite Owapi Wicasa: the man who paints the old men, now until January 10, 2010.
This exhibition is a major retrospective of a significant historical Saskatchewan artist whose work shows the influences of classical European portraiture and the French and Scottish Impressionist painters. Not only are these paintings accessible and considered masterpieces of their kind, there are also stories behind the artwork that will appeal to anyone with an interest in Saskatchewan history.
It brings together research into Saskatchewan history and the artist’s relationship to Indigenous people. Henderson’s portraits of First Nations chiefs are a valuable archive of the great chiefs of the western plains, including Sitting Bull, Standing Buffalo, and Crowfoot.
In addition to this exhibition, the Mendel is also piloting a number of new and innovative multimedia initiatives such as podcasts, an interpretive website for mobile devices, and iPod tours, just to name a few.
Photo Credit (top right): Sitting Bull, c.1924, oil on canvas. Collection of James Lanigan.