George Littlechild

George Littlechild is Plains Cree, born in Alberta, Canada. His extensive body of art is noted for its bold colours and playful images, belying the serious undertones of his work. Littlechild sees himself as an Artist who happens to be First Nations. His sweeping collages of mixed media offer us insight into the human spirit, the strong connection to our ancestors, the ways in which we view our world ... and how that view needs to change.

George Littlechild received a diploma in art and design form Red Deer College in 1984, and rose to commercial success after obtaining a B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax in 1988. Raised in foster homes separated from his Cree community, his mixed-media paintings record his personal and family history as well as his reclamation and reconnection with his ancestral culture. Littlechild believes colours possess spiritual cleansing and purifying powers, and is known for his finesse as a colourist as well as his collaging of haunting vintage photographs. He was presented a scholarship from the Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts Society, and in 1996, was honoured with the British Columbia Cultural Services award.
George Littlechild: The Spirit Giggles Within
Format: Hardcover
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George Littlechild: The Spirit Giggles Within is a stunning retrospective of a career that has spanned nearly four decades. Featuring more than 150 of the Plains Cree artist's mixed-media works, this sumptuous collection showcases the bold swaths of colour and subtle textures of Littlechild's work. Littlechild has never shied away from political or social themes. His paintings blaze with strong emotions ranging from anger to compassion, humour to spiritualism. Fully embracing his Plains Cree heritage, he combines traditional Cree elements like horses and transformative or iconic creatures with his own family and personal symbols in a unique approach. George Littlechild: The Spirit Giggles Within shows the evolution of an artist from his earliest works to the present day, including hints of future directions and themes.

An insightful foreword by artist and curator Ryan Rice, a Mohawk from the Kahnawake First Nation in Quebec, and Littlechild's reflections on each piece build a broad understanding of Littlechild's work, his life and his views on the role of art within all cultures.

”Littlechild’s magical colour, thought-provoking images and commentary provide insight into his personal symbolism, which somehow transforms his story into everyone’s story.” —Sherry Farrell Racette, Artist, Timiskaming First Nation

“Like the ceremonial unwrapping of a sacred medicine bundle, this salient retrospective of masterworks is clearly George Littlechild’s master narrative . . . a rare autobiographical gaze into the artist’s private and public space.” —Barry Ace, Artist, Michigiwadinong First Nation

“George Littlechild paints with light and butterfly medicine. This retrospective showcases the brilliance, beauty and grace of his work.” —Richard Van Camp, author of A Man Called Raven

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176 pages | 11.50" x 10.87"

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This Land is My Land
Format: Paperback
Artist George Littlechild shows and tells us what it means to be a young Native artist living on the cusp of the 21st century. Giving thanks to the ancestors who have guided him, he documents the struggles of Native peoples and offers us stories of delight, humor and healing.



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