"You Come As A Tornado and When You Leave All Is Forgiven"
Bob Boyer, "You Come As A Tornado and When You Leave All Is Forgiven," 2002, oil on canvas, 36" x 48".
By Jennifer MacLeod
Bob Boyer is a pow-wow dancer, a social activist, a professor and head of Fine Arts at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in Regina, a curator, and an internationally acclaimed painter and installation artist. Boyer has used a variety of media to tell his stories, stories from personal experiences, reflections of social issues, symbols of spiritualism. He is best known for his Blanket Statements, using Hudson's Bay blankets as a paint surface upon which he presented critical views of the effects of non-Native influences on Native people, the land and the spirit world. More recently, Boyer has chosen to focus, primarily through oil on canvas, on the persistence of Aboriginal cultures and spirituality around the world. "Despite the struggles within our communities, we have maintained our belief in ourselves," says Boyer. "Our beliefs are strong, the languages have survived... and our moral support for each other is beautiful." A solo show of Boyer's work will be held March 15 to April 9, 2003 at Assiniboia Gallery in Regina. Boyer is also represented by TrepanierBaer Gallery in Calgary.