ODAWA-POTAWATOMI ARTIST DAPHNE ODJIG BORN
Daphne, born on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada (CA), began painting in the 1940s. In the 1960’s, she wrote & illustrated children’s books based on Ojibwa culture, ran an art gallery in Manitoba, and did pen & ink drawings of Cree people. In the 1970s, she was among the first Native artists featured in an Art Gallery and co-founded the Professional Native Indian Artists Association (Indian Group of 7). Honors: Brucebo Foundation Grant (1973); Order of CA (1986); Commemorative Medal, 125th Anniversary, Confederation of CA (1992); National Aboriginal Achievement Award (1998); Member, Royal Canadian Academy of Art (1989); and Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts & Order of British Columbia (BC) (2007). CA Post used her paintings on postage stamps (2002 & 2011). Her works are in: Canadian Museum of History & McMichael Art Collection. She created art for Osaka’s Expo ’70 & was 1 of 4 artists to paint memorials to Picasso in France. She died October 1, 2016, in Kelowna, BC.
Sources: Brandi Leigh, “Daphne Odjig - Canadian Art History and Native Art,” The Art History Archive, November 2007. Retrieved 3/11/2022, Daphne Odjig - Canadian Art History and Native Art - The Art History Archive Wikipedia Photo: Misterlobat, 10/21/2008. Public Domain.