Indigenous History in Colour

By: Bill Reid Gallery

Online opening event: Live - no registration necessary
Details will be confirmed
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6 pm PST

On view February 3, 2021 – May 9, 2021

This solo exhibition by Luke Parnell is a powerful exploration of the relationship between Northwest Coast Indigenous oral histories, conceptual art, and traditional formline design. Indigenous History in Colour’s playful juxtapositions and bold commentary are inspired by history, pop culture, and Bill Reid. Parnell’s multidisciplinary analysis of the shifting perspectives of Northwest Coast art in modern history challenges contemporary discourse on notions of reconciliation, repatriation and representation today.

Raised in northern B.C., Luke Parnell is a contemporary artist and Assistant Professor at OCAD University. He is Wilp Laxgiik Nisga’a from Gingolx on his mother’s side and Haida from Massett on his father’s side. Having apprenticed with a Master Northwest Coast Indigenous carver, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at OCAD U and a Master of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His artistic practice explores the relationship between Northwest Coast Indigenous oral histories and art, with a focus on transformation narratives. 

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Image: Luke Parnell, Bear Mother, 2019. 
Digital drawing, inkjet on paper. 
Private collection. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid. 
Courtesy MKG127 Gallery, Toronto.