Meet the Artists
BRADLEY YUXWELUPTON DICK BIOGRAPHY:
Artist and Lekwungen Cultural Facilitator Bradley Yuxwelupton Dick is of Lkwungen, Mamalilikulla and Ditidaht ancestry. He is married to Jennifer Chuckry and has three beautiful children Shayla (and granddaughter Kaydence aka Granny), Dakota, and Cienna. All are of Cree ancestry. He also has an Australian shepherd, Cy the family guy.
Bradley is a contemporary artist who enjoys working collaboratively with his Brothers Clarence Dick Jr, Fabian Quocksister and his Dad Butch Dick carving ceremonial poles that adorn City hall and the Songhees Wellness Centre. Bradley has been doing commissioned works for well over 20 years and has artworks all over the world as far away as New Zealand, England, Norway and Sweden. He has sold numerous drums and carving locally, focusing on designs based on his family teachings and culture.
His works consist of original paintings, small and large carvings, contemporary designs on shoes and hats. He also creates collaborative paintings with his wife Jennifer that reflect her Cree ancestry as well as Bradley’s west coast influences. These works have been sold privately throughout Vancouver Island and Bradley is sure there will be more works to come.
FARHEEN HAQ BIOGRAPHY:
Farheen HaQ is a South Asian Muslim Canadian artist who has been living on unceded Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC) for 20 years. She was born and raised on Haudenosanee territory (Niagara region, Ontario) amongst a tight-knit Muslim community. Her multidisciplinary practice which often employs video, installation and performance is informed by interiority, relationality, family work, embodiment, ritual and spiritual practice. Farheen’s current work focuses on understanding her family history on Canadian territories, caregiving and the body as a continuum of culture and time.
She has exhibited her work in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and internationally including New York, Paris, Buenos Aires, Lahore, Hungary, and Romania. Recent exhibitions include Sentirse en Casa at Casa Cultura Gallery, Medellin Colombia (2018), Being Home at the Comox Valley Art Gallery (2015), Fashionality at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (2012), Collected Resonance at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2011), The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Talwar Gallery, New York (2009), and Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Miami (2008).
Farheen received her BA in International Development (1998) from the University of Toronto, her BEd (2000) from the University of Ottawa and her MFA in Visual Arts (2005) from York University. In 2014, Farheen was nominated for Canada’s pre-eminent Sobey Art Award.