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Gallery Associates, Sunday Art Lecture Series

Contemporary Indigenous Art of Vancouver Island

Feb 25 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


With Mark Loria

This lecture will cover the period from 1965 to present of the Indigenous art of Vancouver Island, examining the contemporary innovators and current artists from each island territory: Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakwaka’wakw. Images of the artist’s artworks, their meanings, historical teachings, territorial/cultural differences, connections, and the influence of contemporary art movements on them will be examined. Artists of note include Charles Elliott, Art Thompson, Tony Hunt Sr, Rande Cook, Francis Dick, Dylan Thomas, Luke Marston, Lawrence Paul Hay’sxw’qa si’em, Marika Swan, and Tim Paul.

Mark Loria is the owner and director of Mark Loria Gallery (formerly Alcheringa Gallery), a leading Indigenous art gallery for over 40 years on Lekwungen Territory (Victoria, BC) – specializing in contemporary Northwest Coast art. He has held senior positions with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Glenbow Museum, Institute of Modern Art (Australia), and Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Mark holds a BFA (Printmaking) from the University of Calgary and an Arts Management Diploma from Capilano University. He has been recognized by the BC Museums Association for his work in truth and reconciliation, and the Mark Loria Gallery has received approval and support from Coast Salish elders. Mark currently represents more than 50 Canadian Indigenous artists.


Image Credits: Mark Loria, courtesy of speaker | Beyond the Edge – Susan Point (Coast Salish), 2015, serigraph print, courtesy of Mark Loria Gallery.

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