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Goyce Kakegamic

 (born 1948)
Goyce Kakegamic is active/lives in Ontario / Canada.  Goyce Kakegamic is known for allegory, fantasy and ceremony painting, printmaking, teaching.

Goyce Kakegamic

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Goyce Kakegamic B.A., B.Ed., D.Litt. (1948)

A prominent Canadian painter, printmaker, educator and community leader, Goyce Kakegamic was born on the Sandy Lake Indian Reserve, Ontario and currently lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario. His works are in the permanent collections of several museums.

His primary mediums are acrylics, serigraph* and mixed mediums. His subjects are allegory*, animals, fantasy, figures, legends, mythology, satire, social commentary, spirituality and traditional ceremonies. His style is usually described as Woodland School of Art*; however, it could also be described as Abstraction*, Modernism* and Surrealism*. Kakegamic signs his works in either English or in syllabics*, and occasionally in both. AskART has some good illustrations of his paintings.

As an artist he is considered mostly self taught, however, he did learn printmaking techniques at the Open Studio in Toronto, and his style of work is largely influenced by his brother-in-law Norval Morrisseau as well as by Carl Ray, Jackson Beardy, Alex Janvier and Daphne Odjig (see all in AskART).

Kakegamic's formal education includes studies at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario where he earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees (1986). He subsequently worked as a teacher, principal and director of education on reserve schools in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (north western Ontario). He also served as a Post-Secondary Education Counsellor for the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs and in the elected position of Deputy Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation for nine years (1997 - 2006).

With his brothers - Joshim and Henry - Goyce founded and operated the Triple K [printmakers] Co-operative in Red Lake, Ontario (1973 - 1980). Their ground-breaking work as native publishers of serigraphs by native artists was spotlighted at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) with the 1977 exhibition "Contemporary Native Art of Canada: Silkscreens from the Triple K Co-operative".

Kakegamic's works have also been included in exhibitions such as "Contemporary Native Art of Canada: The Woodland Indians", shown at Canada House, London, England and at Aula Luisenschule, Lahr, Germany (1976); "Waabanda - Iwewin: Northwestern Ontario Juried Indian Art Show", Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay (1984); "Woodland Art of Canada's First Nations", Ethnographic Museum, Budapest, Hungary (1993); "The Helen E. Band Collection of First Nations Art: From the Permanent Collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery", Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay and touring (1998); "Goyce & Joshim Kakegamic", Gallery One One One, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (2003); "The Crown Life Canadian Collection: A legacy for Regina", Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan (2004); "The World Upside Down", Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta and touring (2006 - 2010); and in "Envisioning: The Power of Ritual", Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan and touring (2009).

According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, Kakegamic's works are in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Quebec), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario), Gallery One One One (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg), Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina, Saskatchewan), McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, Ontario), McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, Ontario), Simon Fraser University Gallery (Burnaby, B.C.), The Dennos Museum Center (Traverse City, Michigan), Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Trent University Art Collection (Peterborough, Ontario).

In 2007 Lakehead University awarded an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa) to Goyce Kakagemic. The citation noted his accomplishments in the arts, as an educator, and his efforts as a leader at the local, provincial and national levels to improve the lives of First Nations people.
The Visual Arts in Canada: The Twentieth Century (2010), by Brian Foss, Anne Whitelaw and Sandra Paikowsky (see AskART book references)

The World Upside Down (2008), by Richard William Hill et al (see AskART book references)

Canadian Aboriginal Art and Spirituality: A Vital Link (2006), by John W Friesen and Virginia Agnes Lyons Friesen (see AskART book references)

Biographical Index of Artists in Canada (2003), by Evelyn de Rostaing McMann (see AskART book references)

The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references)

First Nations Artists in Canada: A biographical-bibliographical guide, 1960 to 1999 (2001), by Joan Reid Acland (see AskART book references)

The Helen E. Band Collection of First Nations Art: From the Permanent Collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery (1998), by Janet Clark (see AskART book references)

Saint James Guide to Native North American Artists (1998), by Roger Matuz (see AskART book references)

A to Z of Canadian Art: artists & art terms (1997), by Blake McKendry (see AskART book references)

The Dictionary of Art (1996), edited by Jane Turner [volume 22, page 597] (see AskART book references)

The Way of the Earth: Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (1994), by T.C. McLuhan (see AskART book references)

Art and Architecture in Canada (1991), by Loren R. Lerner and Mary F. Williamson (see AskART book references)

The Sound of the Drum: The Sacred Art of the Anishnabec (1984), by Mary E. (Beth) Southcott (see AskART book references)

The Sweet Grass Lives On: Fifty Contemporary North American Indian Artists (1980), by Jamake Highwater (see AskART book references)

The Art of Norval Morrisseau (1979), by Lister Sinclair and Jack Pollock (see AskART book references)

The Index of Ontario Artists (1978), edited by Hennie Wolff (see AskART book references)

The McMichael Canadian Collection (1976), by Paul Duval (see AskART book references)

Contemporary Native Art of Canada: The Woodland Indians (1976), by Bernhard Cinader and Peter K. Lewin (see AskART book references)

Colombo's Canadian References (1976), by John Robert Colombo (see AskART book references)

"Kakegamic now a Doctor", Wawatay News Online, Thursday May 31, 2007

Canadian Heritage Information Network*

Lakehead University website

University of Manitoba website

Nishnawbe Aski Nation website

Native Art in Canada website

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Written and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.

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About  Goyce Kakegamic

Born:  1948 - Sandy Lake Indian Reserve, Ontario, Canada
Known for:  allegory, fantasy and ceremony painting, printmaking, teaching