Fasting on Bear Island by Dwayne Wabegijig
Dwayne Wabegijig is an aboriginal Woodland Artist from Thunder Bay Ontario where he currently resides and works from. He has lived in Lethbridge Alberts, Sault Ste. Marie and Sioux Lookout but has spent the better part of his life in Thunder Bay.
His passion for art started at an early age where he completed drawings in pencil, charcoal and pastel for friends and family. It wasn’t until his early 20’s that he started working with acrylics and oils after discovering Salvador Dali, Van Gogh and Picasso.
At 23, his dad asked him to bring his paintings to the Native Arts and Crafts show where he was immersed in the aboriginal Woodland art of his contemporaries. It was after that show, in 2007, that he began to change his style towards the brighter colours, imagery and history of the Woodland school.
His paintings today blend the realism of nature (ie. landscapes, night skies) with the x-ray lines and bright colours of today’s Woodland art. He hopes to continue to home his craft by further integrating the legends and stories of his Ojibwe ancestry with his experiments in the Woodland school of art.