James Henderson, "Qu’Appelle Valley," oil on paper board, c.1925. Collection of the Mendel Art Gallery.
September 25, 2009 to January 10, 2010, Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon
In a tradition spanning from Paul Kane to Nicholas de Grandmaison, the work of James Henderson represents a vogue for cross-cultural Aboriginal portraiture that still exists in Canada. Called “the man who paints the old men”, Scotland-born James Henderson (1871 – 1951) made his home in the Qu’Appelle Valley north of Regina, where he painted portraits of members of the Sioux, Cree, and Blackfoot, and the landscape around him. Saskatoon’s Mendel Gallery hosts a retrospective of Henderson’s work, Wicite Owapi Ocasa, September 25 to January 10.