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Artist Jackson Beardy at work in his Ottawa studio

The Story

Woodland artist Jackson Beardy considers himself "a medium from generations back," able to capture the traditions of his past through dreams and present them through his work. He has recently come from Winnipeg to work in Ottawa, and in this 1980 interview he speaks to CBC reporter Judy Morrison about the move east, his painting for the Queen, and how he visualizes his art as a tool for communication across all cultures.

Medium: Television
Program: Today From Ontario
Broadcast Date: Sept. 17, 1980
Host: Brian Smyth
Reporter: Judy Morrison
Guest: Jackson Beardy
Duration: 4:31

Did You know?

• Jackson Beardy was born July 24, 1944 at Island Lake, Manitoba, and died at Winnipeg on Dec. 8, 1984.  

• Beardy was part of a group called PNIAI (Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.) which was formed in 1972 by Beardy and fellow artists Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray, Alex Janvier, Eddy Cobiness, and Joe Sanchez. It began when he, Cobiness and Sanchez met regularly but informally with fellow artist Daphne Odjig. They called for other artists to join them in a collective which would advocate for the same opportunities (in terms of recognition and financial assistance) given to non-indigenous artists in Canada.The group was informally dubbed "The Indian Group of Seven."


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