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Waab-Shki-Makoons

(Clayton Samuel King)

 

 

 Artist Statement 

Clayton Samuel King is a multi-media artist that works predominantly with acrylic paint. When creating his work, he will apply different techniques that help expand his knowledge of artistic expression. The common themes in his work relate to his Indigenous cultural background that is highly influenced by the Professional Native Indian Artist Incorporated, 3 generations of Woodland School artists and the sublime of nature. He does his best to interpret the knowledge that has been bestowed upon him to help sustain Anishinaabek culture and history through several artistic practices. He has recently been working and experimenting with visible and invisible ultra violet luminescent paint. Working in the dark is different, but the advantage of this new media has helped him heighten the spectral and metaphysical aesthetic he wants to produce to the viewer. This medium is new to the Woodland Art Style and it is a medium that Clayton will continue to use in the future.

Artist Biography

This professional artist graduated in April 2010 with a Fine Art Advanced Diploma from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Clayton has painted predominantly with acrylics, but works with other mediums like photography, sculpture, graphite, and traditional First Nation's crafts. He has displayed his art in five solo exhibitions and thirty four selected group exhibitions since his studies began in 2007. Clayton contributes in the education sector in Simcoe County by doing First Nations painting and cultural interpretive workshops that help bridge an understanding of First Nations art and history to native and non- native students alike. Born and raised in St.Catharines, Ontario, Clayton has been a resident of Barrie, Ontario since the fall of 2011. He has also been running his business ‘White Bear Art’ since that time as well. Clayton Samuel King is of Potawatomi decent and is a member of Beausoleil First Nation. 

 

Education

2010    Fine Art Advanced Diploma: Graduate of Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

2012    Aboriginal Cultural Ambassador Training Program Certificate: Arts, Culture and Canadian Tourism               Resource Council, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario

2012    Aboriginal Cultural Ambassador Training Program Cultural Arts Component Certificate: Aboriginal             Experiences, Arts and Culture, Ottawa, Ontario

2012    National emerit Heritage Interpreter Knowledge Certificate: Ontario Tourism Education Training 

          (OTEC), Ottawa, Ontario

2012    National emerit Tour Guide Knowledge Certificate: Ontario Tourism Education Training 

          (OTEC), Ottawa, Ontario

2012    National emerit Tourism Essentials Knowledge Certificate: Ontario Tourism Education Training                   (OTEC), Ottawa, Ontario

2012    Service Excellence Certificate: Ontario Tourism Education Training (OTEC), Ottawa, Ontario

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016    Giinwint Aadizookaanaan:Reflections of Ogemawahj, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, Ontario

            November 19 - December 17

2016    Untitled: First Unitarian Congregation Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, February 7 - 28

2013    First Nations Library Week Exhibition: Enjimaawnjiding, G'Chi M'nissing Anishinabek Territory,

            February 11

2012    Oshkimaadziig, Celebrating First Nations Solidarity: Royal Bank of Canada, Barrie, Ontario, June                 18 - July 7

2010    Untitled: The Museum of Ontario Archeology, London, Ontario, May 1 - August 31

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017    Self-Portrait: Maclaren Faculty Exhibition, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, September 9 -

            October 1

2017    Call to Action #83: Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, Ontario, August 12 - November 11

2017    First Nations Art 2017: Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario, May 27 - July 28

2017    Call to Action #83: MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, May 25 - June 25

2017    Call to Action #83: Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario, March 6 - March 11

2017    Call to Action #83: Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, Ontario, January 19 - March 4

2016    Expectation: First Unitarian Congregation Gallery, Toronto Ontario, December 4 - January 1, 2017

2016    Call to Action #83: Georgian College, Orillia, Ontario, November 30

2016    Indigenous & Ingeneous, Ralph Thorton Cente, Toronto, Ontario, November 19-20

2016    Call to Action #83: Art Square Gallery, Toronto Ontario, October 31 - November 14

2016    CONSENSUS: 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, Midland, Ontario, August 26 - October 15

2016    Call to Action #83: Summer in the City Gallery, Toronto Ontario, July 14 - August 7

2015    Indigenous & Ingeneous, Ralph Thorton Cente, Toronto, Ontario, November 21-22

2014    Soaring Ambitions: Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, December 3 - Jamuary 5, 2015

2014    Resurgence of the Image Makers: John B. Aird, Toronto, Ontario, May 27 - June 20

2014    DIRECTON[S]: John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, January 7-31

2013    23rd Mistletoe Magic: John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, November 19-28

2012    22nd Mistletoe Magic: John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, November 20-29

2012    pARTners: a collaboration: John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, June 26 – July 20

2012    Natural Elements Group Exhibition: Quest Art School and Gallery, Midland, Ontario, June 8 - July 

            21

2012    pARTners: a collaboration: Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, Ontario, May 8 – 26

2012    pARTners: a collaboration: Japanese Paper Place Gallery, Toronto, Ontario February 1– 29

2012    Journey- Faculty Exhibition: Quest Art School and Gallery, Midland, Ontario, January 14 - March 3

2011    Just in Time....Exhibit of Affordable Art: onefortyfive Gallery, St.Catharines, Ontario, December 2 -

            22

2011    Ancestral Teachings, Contemporary Perspectives: Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, November 16

            - 30

2011    pARTners: a collaboration: Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, Ontario, November 12 - January

            14, 2012

2011    Peace Hills Trust 29th Annual Native Art Show: Peace Hills Trust, Hobbema, Alberta, November 10

2011    7th Annual Juried Art Show: Quest Art School and Gallery, Midland, Ontario, April 29 – May 30

2010    Gathering of the Clans: The Museum of Ontario Archeology, London, Ontario, November 21, 2010

            - January 30, 2011        

2010    Party’s Over, 3rd Year Fine Art, Fanshawe Graduation Exhibit: The Arts Project, London, Ontario,  

            April 13 - 24

2010    Indigenous Art Show: Althouse Faculty of Education, The University of Western, London, Ontario,

            March 18 - 20

2009    Overkill, an exhibition of emerging artists: The Arts Project, London, Ontario, November 24 –

            December 5

2009    Profusion, 2nd Year Fine Art Group Exhibit: The Arts Project, London, Ontario, March 23 – 28

2008    Peace 08, First Nations Art Exhibition, Group Exhibit: Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, April 4

            - 18

 

Grants/Awards/Scholarships

2014    Emerging Artist of the Year, Barrie Arts Award, Barrie Department of Culture, Barrie, Ontario

2014    Beausoleil First Nation C.A.R.E. Fund Recipient, G'Chi M'nissing Anishinabek Territory

2014    1st Place Niigaaning G'Chi M'nissing Trust Logo Contest, G'Chi Mnissing Anishinabek Territory

2013    Ontario Arts Council: Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies Assistance Grant

2012    Aboriginal Cultural Ambassador Training Program Award: Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and                         Culture, Ottawa, Ontario

2011    Honesty Award: 7 Grandfather Awards: Beausoleil Family Health Centre, G'Chi Minissing Territory

2010    Beausoleil First Nation C.A.R.E. Fund Recipient, G'Chi M'nissing Anishinabek Territory

2010    Chief John Assance Award, Highest Academic Achievement Post Secondary, Beausoleil First                       Nation Education Authority, G'Chi M'nissing Anishinabek Territory 

2010    Faith Marsden Post Secondary Scholarship: Beausoleil First Nation Education Authority, G'Chi

            M'nissing Anishinabek Territory

2010    2nd Place Bijan’s Art Studio Award: Fanshawe College Fine Art Graduation Class Exhibition,      

            London, Ontario

2010    Deans Honour Roll: Fanshawe College, Winter Semester, London, Ontario

2008    Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Award, Huron-Rideau Region, London, Ontario

2008    Excellence in Education Award: Scotia Bank, 7th Generation Charity Foundation, Anishinabek

            Nation, Rama, Ontairo

2008    National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Art Scholarship, London, Ontario

2008    Deans Honour Roll: Fanshawe College, Winter Semester, London, Ontario

 

Collections 

2017    Naandwegamik Health Centre, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Little Current, Ontario

2015    Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Barrie, Ontario

2014    B.F.N., G'Chi M'nissing Territory

2014    Georgian College, Midland, Ontario

2014    The Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

2013    Ontario Library Service - North, North Bay, Ontario

2010    Beausoleil First Nation, G'Chi M'nissing Territory

2010    Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

2010    Bell Canada, North Bay, Ontario

2009    Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

2009    John Zubik Ltd., London, Ontario

2008    Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

Private Collections across Turtle Island

 

Commisions

2017    Original Painting, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Little Current, Ontario

2015    2 Murals, Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Barrie, Ontario

2014    3 Murals, Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario

2014    Original Painting, Southern Ontairo Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (S.O.A.D.I.), Thorold, Ontario

2013    11 Interpretive Signs, Lands Department, B.F.N, G'Chi Mnissing Anisinabek Territory

2013    Original Painting, Ontario Library Service -North, North Bay, Ontario

2010    Logo Design, B.F.N. Elementary School, G'Chi Mnissing Territory

 

Educator: Native Art and History Workshops

2017     W-EDGE Youth Program, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, October - December

2017     Youth Initiatives, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, April

2017     Native Women In The Arts, Hand Drum Creation Workshop, Toronto, Ontario, March

2017     Wyevale Public School, Pre-Confederation Treaty Workshop, Wyvale, Ontario, June

2015     Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, Turtle Shell Shaker Workshop, Hand Drum Workshop,

             Woodland Style Painting Workshop, March, April, May

2015     Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Turtle Shell Shaker Workshop, January

2014     Niigaaning G'Chi Mnissing Trust, Language and Culture Iniative Workshops September-March                      2015

2013     B.F.N. Elementary School, Culture workshops on traditional art and dance, G'Chi M'nissing                          Territory

2012     Quest Art School and Gallery, Midland Cultural Centre, Midland, Ontario, July 30 - August 3

             Art camp teacher for the young artists program

2012     Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture, Ottawa, Ontario, April, 2012

             Tipi Painting workshop for the Aboriginal Cultural Ambassador Training Program

2011     7th Generation Image Makers, Toronto, Ontario, June 18 Art teacher for the Young Artists Mural                  Program

2011     Quest Art School and Gallery, Midland, Ontario, June 5 - 8, Art camp teacher for the Young Artists                Program

2009     Beausoleil Family Health Centre, G'Chi M'nissing AnishinabekTerritory, August Art camp teacher                for Beausoleil First Nation youth

 

Volunteer Work/Art Afilliations

2017     Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Aboriginal Cultural Advisory Circle, Midland, Ontario

             (2014 - Present)

2016     QUEST ART School and Gallery, Member, Midland, Ontario

2015     Barrie Native Friendship Centre Artists Collective, Barrie, Ontario (presently active)

2015     Barrie Art Club Member

2014     Barrie Art Club Member

2012     John B. Aird Gallery, Board of Directors, Toronto, Ontario, (June 2012 - January 2015)

2012     QUEST ART School and Gallery, Member, Midland Ontario

2011     QUEST ART School and Gallery, Member, Midland Ontario

2010     Fanshawe College, First Nation Centre, End of the Year Gathering

2009     Fanshawe College, First Nation Student Association, External Co-Chair

2009     Fanshawe College, Aboriginal Education Council, Co-Chair

2009     Fanshawe College, First Nation Centre, End of the Year Gathering

2009     Fanshawe College, 2nd Year Fine Art Class Representative to the School of Contemporary Media

2009     Fanshawe College, First Nation Centre, End of the Year Gathering, 2008

 

Press Articles and Publications

1) Andrew Philips, "Supporting indigenous people through art", Orillia Packet and Times, Tuesday, November 29, 2016, http://www.nathaliebertin.com/CallToAction83WebSite/Press/Supporting%20indigenous%20people%20through%20art%20_%20Orillia%20Packet%20and%20Times.pdf

2) Barb Nahwegahbow, "Call to Action #83 art exhibit: the quest for truth and hope", Anishinabek News, Monday August 15, 2016, http://anishinabeknews.ca/2016/08/15/call-to-action-83-art-exhibit-the-quest-for-truth-and-hope/

3) Barb Nahwegahbow, "Call to Action #83: Artists inspired by artists", Windspeaker, Wednesday July 20, 2016, http://www.windspeaker.com/news/windspeaker-news/call-to-action-83-artists-inspired-by-artists/

4) Kerra Seay, "Spotlight: Fanshawe grad uses Aboriginal heritage as inspiration", Fanshawe News, February 29, 2016, http://www.fsu.ca/interrobang.php?storyID=12401

5) Barb Nahwegahbow, "King exhibit open until Feb. 28", Anishinabek News, February 16, 2016

http://anishinabeknews.ca/2016/02/16/king-exhibit-apen-until-feb-28/

http://muskratmagazine.com/king-exhibit-open-til-feb-28/ 

6) Susan Doolan, "Barrie Arts Awards celebrate the best", The Barrie Examiner, November 6, 2014, http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2014/11/06/barrie-arts-awards-celebrate-the-best

7) Sharon Weatherall, "Beausoleil artist's work featured at Georgian College campus", Anishinabek News, October 31, 2014, http://anishinabeknews.ca/2014/10/31/beausoleil-artists-work-featured-at-georgian-college-campus/

8) Sharon Weatherall, "Chimnissing trail teaches and protects", Anishinabek News, October 31, 2013, http://anishinabeknews.ca/2013/10/31/chimnissing-trail-teaches-and-protects/

9) F.N.P.L., "First Nations Public Library Week 2013 Summary Report", Ontario Library Service-North, April 2013, http://www.olsn.ca/fnplw/content/2013/FNPLW_REPORT_2013_(Final-July_30).pdf 

10) Sharon Weatherall, "Beausoleil honours Seven Grandfathers", Anishinabek News, January/February 2012,  http://anishinabeknews.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/2012-1.pdf

11) “An Exhibition of Affordable Art”, Snap St.Catharines, January 2012, http://www.snapstcatharines.com/index.php?option=com_sngevents&id[]=348331

12) Tara Bowie, “The pARTners exhibit brings together youth and experience”, Woodstock Sentinel, November 21, 2011, http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3376807

13) Ontario Society of Artists, “Partners: a collaboration”, catalogue, November 19, 2011, 

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2513089?utm_source=TellAFriend&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2513 089

14) Susan Doolan, “Barrie artist checks into the Gladstone”, Barrie Examiner, November 19, 2011, http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3375871

15) Thunderbird Aboriginal Arts, Culture and Entrepreneur Centre, “Ancestral Teachings: Contemporary Perspectives”, Catalogue, November 17, 2011, http://www.thunderbirdcentre.ca/pdf/Thunderbird_Curatorial_Ecatalogue2011.pdf 

16) Sharon Weatherall, “Waab shki makoons featured in touring OSA exhibition”, Anishinabek News, November, 2011, http://www.anishinabek.ca/download/news/2011-11.pdf

17) Sharon Weatherall, "Local native artist shows in Woodstock", Midland Free Press, October 20, 2011

18) Heather York, “Fanshawe Grad Clayton King Featured in Ontario Society of Artists Exhibition”, October 4, 2011,http://www.fanshawec.ca/news-events/fanshawe-grad-clayton-king-featured-ontario-society-artists-exhibition 

19) Fanshawe Alumni News Winter 2011, January 12, 2011,

http://issuu.com/fanshawealumni/docs/fanshawealumni_winter11_web

20) "Gathering of the Clans", Palisade e-Post, Museum of Ontario Archaeology, January, 2011, http://www.uwo.ca/museum/documents/newsletters/January2011.pdf

21) Sharon Wheatherall, "Local artist featured in exhibit", Midland Free Press, December 8, 2010, http://www.midlandfreepress.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2880294

www.midlandfreepress.com/PrintArticle.aspx?e=2880294

22) Sharon Weatherall, "Christian Island Inspired Painter", Anishinabek News, December, 2010, http://www.anishinabek.ca/download/news/2010-12.pdf

23) "Gathering of the Clans", Palisade e-Post, Museum of Ontario Archeology, December, 2010, www.uwo.ca/museum/documents/newsletters/December2010.pdf

24) "Gathering of the Clans", Fanshawe News, November 8, 2010,

http://www.fanshawec.ca/news-events/gathering-clans

25) "Gathering of the Clans", Palisade e-Post, Museum of Ontario Archaeology, November, 2010, www.uwo.ca/museum/documents/newsletters/November2010.pdf

26) "Main Gallery", Palisade e-Post, Museum of Ontario Archaeology, August, 2010

www.uwo.ca/museum/documents/newsletters/August2010.pdf

27)"Main Gallery", Palisade e-Post, Museum of Ontario Archaeology, July, 2010

www.uwo.ca/museum/documents/newsletters/July2010.pdf

28) “Main Gallery”, The Palisade e-Post, Museum of Ontario Archaeology, June, 2010, www.uwo.ca/museum/documents/newsletters/June2010.pdf

29) “Touched by that Entrepreneurial Spirit”, Waubetek News, Spring, 2010

http://www.waubetek.com/Newsletter%20PDFs/Spring%202010%20Waubetek.pdf

30) “Accolades Continue for First Nation Student,” Fanshawe News, December 1, 2008, http://www.fanshawec.ca/news-events/accolades-continue-first-nations-student

31) Ivana Pelisek, “Fanshawe student wins two prestigious scholarships,” Interrobang, volume 41, issue No.3, August 25, 2008,

http://www.fsu.ca/interrobang_article.asp storyID=3417&sectionID=1&issueID=8

32) “Fanshawe Student Wins $2,500 Scholarship,” Fanshawe News, August 8, 2008,http://www.fanshawec.ca/news-events/fanshawe-student-wins-2500-scholarship

33) Les Couchie, “Sold-out events highlight busy June for Charity,” Anishinabek News, July/August 2008,

www.anishinabek.ca/download/news/2008-7.pdf