The work of Robert Houle is returning to the Winnipeg Art Gallery!
Robert Houle has a long and storied history in the Canadian art world. A Saulteaux Anishinaabe artist, curator, and educator from Sandy Bay First Nation, Houle is known for his large-scale paintings and installations exploring the confluence of settler and Indigenous worldviews, spirituality, and histories. His work is deeply connected to the history and landscapes of Manitoba. As a residential school survivor, he has poured into healing works such as Sandy Bay, a reflection on his time spent at Sandy Bay Residential School.
As a Manitoban fixture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery has enjoyed a long relationship with the artist. In 1989, Houle was the artist in residence at the Gallery, a residency that resulted in the monumental four-painting series Muhnedobe uhyahyuk (Where the gods are present). His first solo show, entitled Indians from A to Z, was organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1990, and was followed almost a decade later by Sovereignty Over Subjectivity in 1999. These two exhibitions showcased Houle’s strong sensibility of place and Indigenous resilience and resurgence.
Red is Beautiful will be Robert Houle’s third solo show exhibited at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Curated by Wanda Nanibush, Curator of Indigenous Art at the AGO, Red is Beautiful explores the major themes of Houle’s career. This exhibition is not to be missed!