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Item Name: Painting
Title: Grasshopper
Maker: Michel Boutin
Year: 2015
Country: Canadian and Métis
Materials: enamel on canvas
Measurements: 14.5 x 30"
ID Number: PC2018.1
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: As a Canadien/Métis artist and arts educator, Michel Boutin seeks to include Indigenous and marginalized narratives about Saskatchewan’s history by challenging the territorialism and imperialism that is inherent in Western landscape paintings. Boutin uses the traditions of landscape painting as a backdrop for images of animals such as frogs, grasshoppers, and owls, which he graphically inserts onto landscape with the authority of a red stamp. As such, Boutin boldly calls attention to the distinct and complex connection that animals have within the prairie environment and asks that we question our own human relationships within natural ecosystems. Michel Boutin is an interdisciplinary artists, arts educator and cultural animateur living and working in Prince Albert, SK. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Regina in 1995. Boutin is an avid supporter of contemporary Aboriginal art and artist-run centres as an active board member and festival developer. He is currently a mentor and member of Sans Atelier, Saskatoon, the first Francophone artist-run collective in Saskatchewan. Boutin’s work has been exhibited widely across Saskatchewan and in 2015 he exhibited in London, England in the exhibition Canadian Indigenous Contemporary Art. He is the Artistic Director for IPAC, The Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective of Prince Albert.