The first First Nations artist that I really studied the work of was Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. I was a fresh young (?) college student in Vancouver in an Indigenous art history class, and my professor introduced us to the Coast Salish artist. What really appeals to me about Yuxweluptun’s work is the use of bold colours, traditional Salish themes revamped and used to convey political messages. Of course, that’s a really simplistic description of what his work is all about.
The most recent issue offeatures Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun on the cover. You can read the article on the website.
“Either you create very beautiful, happy, intellectual, minimal art that is nice, corporate, schlocky, or you can make something that means something to somebody, and that will directly relate to their world, to their time. I get that. It gives them the insight, the direction, and the fortitude to go out and be what they want to be and think what they want to think. And that’s what makes culture move.” – Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun in Montecristo Magazine Summer 2012
Photos via Montecristo Magazine. Photos by Alana Paterson.