Beautiful Scars Mohawk Warriors, Hunters and Chiefs at AGB @ Art Gallery of Burlington, Hamilton [from 30 November to 30 December]

Beautiful Scars Mohawk Warriors, Hunters and Chiefs at AGB


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30
Nov
 
- 30
Dec
18:00 - 18:00

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Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario L7S 1A9
THE ARTIST’S JOURNEY
The discovery of his true heritage and the culture that it carries now informs all of his art and especially his painting. The show at AGB will feature his most heartfelt exploration of imagery that tells the story that he has only begun to uncover. “My art is a continuation of my long way home,” Tom says. “It is my way of showing honour and respect to a culture that I’m just shaking hands with.” Since authenticity is Tom’s calling card in all things, his paintings are in the same vein of truth-telling, story-sharing and heart-stirring as his other art. As Tom states, “My truth was hidden from me – I was born a Mohawk baby, and finally I’m becoming a Mohawk man.”

Indigenous Artist Tom Wilson is a Canadian cultural icon from Hamilton, Ontario, who is well known for his musical work as Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and Lee Harvey Osmond. Wilson has more recently been recognized for his literary endeavours thanks to the critical and commercial success of his 2017 autobiography Beautiful Scars. Wilson has been developing his visual art practice over the past two decades, and the AGB is pleased to present his first museum exhibition.

The works that make up the exhibition arise from the same creative journey as did Wilson’s autobiography. Wilson created both projects in response to his discovery at age 53 that he had been adopted, and that he is in fact Mohawk. This exhibition forms an integral part of Wilson’s captivating story of his re-interpretation of his own identity.

Show runs from: December 1 – January 27, 2019
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