Alex Simeon Janvier

Canadian [b. 1935]

Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Born of Dene Suline and Saulteaux descent in 1935, Alex Janvier was raised in the nurturing care of his family until the age of eight. At this age, the young Janvier was uprooted from his home and sent to the Blue Quills Indian Residential School near St. Paul, Alberta. Although Janvier speaks of having a creative instinct from as far back as he can remember, it was at the residential school that he was given the tools to create his first paintings. Unlike many aboriginal artists of his time, Janvier received formal art training from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and graduated with honours in 1960. Immediately after graduation, Janvier took up an opportunity to instruct art at the University of Alberta (Edmonton).

While Alex recognizes the artists Wassily Kandinsky (Russian) and Paul Klee (Swiss) as influences, his style is unique. Many of his masterpieces involve an eloquent blend of both abstract and representational images with bright, often symbolic colours. As a First Nations person emerging from a history of oppression and many struggles for cultural empowerment, Janvier paints both the challenges and celebrations that he has encountered in his lifetime. Alex proudly credits the beadwork and birch bark basketry of his mother and other relatives as influencing his art.

As a member of the commonly referred to “Indian Group of Seven”, Janvier is one of the significant pioneering aboriginal artists in Canada, and as such, has influenced many generations of aboriginal artists. By virtue of his art, Janvier was selected to represent Canada in a Canadian/Chinese Cultural Exchange in 1985. Although he has completed several murals nationally, Janvier speaks of the 450 meter squared masterpiece entitled “Morning Star” at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as a major highlight in his career. In January 2004, one of Janvier’s works was displayed in Paris, France at the Canadian Forum on Cultural Enterprise. In recognition of his success, Alex Janvier recently received three prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, The Tribal Chiefs Institute, and Cold Lake First Nations. Janvier’s passion and natural talents for creative expression remains strong to this day.

Biography taken from alexjanvier.com

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A Few Notable Results from our Auctions

Alex Simeon Janvier

INTERTRIBAL: INDIANS UNLIMITED (ON THE TRAIL TO HAPPY HUNTING GROUNDS); 1990
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 in.

Sold for $ 4,250 (hammer price) – November 2011

Alex Simeon Janvier

BIRCH BARK SYMPHONY; 1978
acrylic on canvas
24 x 20 in.

Sold for $ 4,250 (hammer price) – November 2009

Alex Simeon Janvier

LIGHT AT END OF TUNNEL FOR MISS BNA; 1981
acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 in.

Sold for $ 4,000 (hammer price) – February 2011

Alex Simeon Janvier

UNTITLED COMPOSITION #4; 1971
gouache on paper
9 x 11.75 in.

Sold for $ 3,750 (hammer price) – November 2018

Alex Simeon Janvier

OLDER AMERICAN
acrylic on paper
29.75 x 22.25 in.

Sold for $ 3,750 (hammer price) – May 2017

Alex Simeon Janvier

THE BEST OF SUMMER; 1973
acrylic on canvas
25 x 41 in.

Sold for $ 3,250 (hammer price) – November 2009

Alex Simeon Janvier

MACKENZIE PIPELINE; 1981
acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 in.

Sold for $ 3,150 (hammer price) – November 2010

Alex Simeon Janvier

THE AMERICAN CAPITOL; 1973
acrylic on canvas
24 x 28 in.

Sold for $ 3,000 (hammer price) – November 2008

Alex Simeon Janvier

UNTITLED COMPOSITION; 1971
gouache on paper
11.5 x 15.25 in.

Sold for $ 2,750 (hammer price) – February 2009

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