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Item Name: Print
Title: Whirl Wind
Maker: David General
Year: 1978
Country: Canadian
Materials: serigraph, 7/75
Measurements: in frame: 51 cm x 66.5 cm; work: 34 cm x 50.5 cm
ID Number: ART 042
Legal Status: ART RENTAL


Extended Label Info: Personifying the element of wind, the character in this silkscreen print was created in an abstract style known as Woodlands School. This style was first developed by Norval Morriseau, an Anishinaabe artist. In the 1960s, Morriseau was one of the first indigenous artists to break through in Canadian art with a distinct indigenous style, combining traditional narratives with an abstracted “x-ray” type of imagery inspired by historic designs and rock carvings. David General (1950 - ) was born in Ohsweken, Ontario and is a member of the Oneida from 6 Nations. The Onyota'a:ka (or Onayotekaonotyu) are one of the five founding nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, Mohawk territory. General studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo; Hamilton Teachers College, Hamilton, and apprenticed with Local 736, Hamilton Ontario to become a Journeyman Bridge & Structural Steel Ironworker. Since 1980, David has worked full time as a sculptor in marble and bronze. In 1984, General was a founding member and co-chair of the Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry (SCANA), a national native artist organization that successfully lobbied the National Gallery of Canada for greater recognition and representation for First Nation Art. His works are held in private, corporate and public collections around the world.