Wednesday, 13 August 2008

An Artist I Admire – Leland Bell

While I was on vacation, I visited M'Chigeeng, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. While there I toured the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation and the local church Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. The works of Leland Bell were displayed in both locations.

I have seen his works in books before, but this was the first time I had the chance to see them in person. His work is based on the traditions and stories of the Anishinabek (Ojibwe/Chippewa) people. The Circle is important in his work. "The Circle is what my paintings are based on. The rounded lines are deliberate ... what I create is something simple and serene and peaceful."

http://www.manitoulin-island.com/communities/westbay.html
http://www.whetung.com/bell.html http://www.nativeartmanitoulin.com/details2.php?record=Bell,%20Leland

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