JANUARY 10, 1943

SAND LAKE CREE ARTIST CARL RAY BORN—FAMED “INDIAN GROUP OF SEVEN” ARTIST

Born on Sandy Lake First Nation (SLFN), Ontario (ON), Ray left residential school at 15 working as a trapper, logger & miner. Contracting tuberculosis, he used painting as therapy. In 1966, he became an apprentice to Ojibwe artist Norval Morrisseau adopting his Woodlands School of art style. Together, they did a mural for the Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo ’67. In the early ‘70s, they and fellow Woodlands artists Jackson Beardy, Alex Janvier, Daphne Odjig, Eddy Cobiness, & Joe Sanchez formed the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., AKA “The Indian Group of Seven.” Collections: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Royal ON Museum (ROM) & National Gallery of Canada.  Exhibitions included: Canadian Indian Art ’74, ROM (1974); Norval Morriseau and the Emergence of the Image Makers, Art Gallery of ON (AGOO) (1984); and Before & after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, AGOO/Nat’l Museum of the American Indian (2014).  Ray died at Sioux Lookout, ON, Sept. 26, 1978.

Source:  Mary E. Southcott, “Carl Ray,” The Canadian Encyclopedia, 1/30/2006.  Retrieved 2/20/2021, Carl Ray | The Canadian Encyclopedia
Photo: Padraic Ryan, 11/11/2007.  Aboriginal War Veterans Monument, Ottawa, Canada.  Permissive Use.  

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