Portrait of Tony Belcourt
|Title:||Portrait of Tony Belcourt|
|Creator:||Gabriel Dumont Institute, Christi Belcourt|
|Subject:||Gabriel Dumont Institute, Great Métis of My Time, Christ Belcourt, Tony Belcourt|
|Description:||Gabriel Dumont Institute has acquired Great Métis of My Time, a series of paintings by Métis artist Christi Belcourt. This powerful evocative series of artwork will be housed at the Gabriel Dumont Institute in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Institute is very honoured to be able to add this series to the Institute’s permanent collection. The paintings include five portraits of famous Métis: Steve Powley, Harry Daniels, Maria Campbell, Tony Belcourt, and Jean Teillet. In addition, the collection also includes four complementary pieces including a “coat” for Harry Daniels, a “bandolier bag” for Steve Powley, as well as two other pieces which celebrate the Métis’ beading, and embroidery tradition. As the artist writes about the series:
“The Great Métis of My Time project is a series of nine paintings that through exhibition are intended to bring awareness of Métis history, Métis traditional art and Métis contemporary issues to a public audience. The paintings, produced in acrylic on canvas, portray the stories and the lives of five prominent Métis individuals whose determination to seek justice for Métis rights have changed the course of history for the Métis Nation in modern times.”
For further background information about these paintings, please visit the artist’s website at www.christibelcourt.com.
Portrait of Tony Belcourt, 2006
36” x 48”
Acrylic on canvas
Tony Belcourt is a Métis political activist who has been actively involved with Métis rights issues for the past 40 years. He was the founding president of the Native Council of Canada in 1971 and is currently president of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Mr. Belcourt has been involved in Métis and pan-Aboriginal activism his entire adult life. The artist Christi Belcourt is Tony Belcourt’s daughter.
|Publisher:||Gabriel Dumont Institute|
|Date of Copyright:||April 15, 2009|
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