"Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mothers womb is a circle. I don't believe we should be living in these squares." Chief No Tribe
Alberta Wildfires & Floods
Art is made for people to react. Having a position means what you are doing is needed and it is creating change. In the long term a lot of people are going to appreciate it. Venezuelan Woman, Alberta Legislature outdoor art show, 2017
She smiles after all that... 2017 Not a Bystander art project
Focus on Anger, Violence and Bullying
Civil Information Activism
Respect People, Property and the Rule of Law
"Freedom is important, especially today"-B.K., "True North Strong and FREE, a line straight from our anthem"- E.K., "Escape is freedom from judgmental civilians who should mind their own business - and help those /encourage them who try to get a happy lifestyle..." -A.C.R.L.W.-B, "Freedom is Honesty, Being Honest is Love"-C, "Free The Art"-W.C., "Freedom is our right. In any form express it with art. If art was a crime Leonardo would have been doing the time"-E.B., "Sovereignty is Freedom"- Dene Warrior, "Edmonton Ward 7 candidate"-S.P., "Lets make Edmonton the City of Art and Imagination"-D, Art is Expression, Freedom is Art"-V, "Keep Fighting to Speak your Piece"-N.R., "Freedom is my right as a human being..." - C.A., "Freedom, Art and Honesty"-M.M., "If freedom is the child, then understanding is the mother and determination is the father"- R.K.A., "Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us"- Kevan Lyons “Poet of Churchill Square”. "Art is Freedom"- Love A.L., "自由" S.L., "Fight the power, art is freedom" - K.C., "Art is freedom"- A.A., "Freedom, art and honesty"- M.M., "Freedom is a Right" - M.O.S., "Freedom for All Canadians"- G.W. Edmonton Ward 10 candidate, "The choice is ours", "To be who we want to be"-J.U., "Freedom seems almost unachievable", "Live your life how you want to, with love in your heart" -J, "We stand together" - V, Art is Freedom - D.B.
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project that focused my canvases and camera on wildfires of Alberta was banned 3 times on the Alberta Legislature grounds by officials, including the Legislative Assembly's Sergeant-of-Arms who said showing art on the grounds was inappropriate. I was later threatened with police action by a City of Edmonton employee on New Year's Eve for showing a painting from the Fire and Rain collection 'Escape from Fort McMurray.' I defended my right to freedom of expression with Civil Information Actions by being the media and employing respect for all people, property and the rule of law while picketing both the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. After 42 days in total I won back my right and freedom to express myself with art in public. The City had apologized March 2017 while the 3 Alberta Legislature officials who verbally banned me in 2016 remain unapologetic. The office of the Sergeant-of-Arms continues to obstruct my rights and freedoms today.
Doug Brinkman, self taught: I started expressing my creative self as a kid with a box of crayons on my parents' basement walls and inside the pages of my grandfather's leather-bound encyclopedia collection. So my parents began to supply me with a steady stream of paper and pencils with which to draw and expand my creativity. In secondary school I studied commercial art and printing, and took extra courses to learn photography and produce short video features. In my twenties I learned to fly, earning a private pilot's licence, and moved to Edmonton from Toronto. In my 40s I hiked the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island 3 times and once to the Rose Spit on Haida Gwaii Island. Living in Edmonton I continued a career as a graphic arts craftsman operating mostly Goss high speed web offset newspaper printing presses, first for the Edmonton and Toronto Suns and finally with the Edmonton Journal (Video). I volunteered at Walterdale Community Theatre, painting sets and doing public relations. I was laid off from my newspaper job in 2013 after 42 years and attempted starting a business Hawkeyi Media Inc with a grant from Alberta Works. It failed after losses so I retired and now work freely as a social artist and citizen news activist now in my 12th year. Married to S.M.Elliott
Art Projects inspire community participation
Art must take to the road and risk all for the glory of adventure Lawren Harris
In 1924, Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson went into Jasper’s wilderness, to document and paint its beauty. That same year marked the opening of the Art Gallery of Alberta. The gallery showcased exhibits that followed those artists’ journeys. I spent months there sketch studying thier works. In the of summer of 2014, I travelled to Jasper's wilderness, to paint its beauty the way they had done 90 years ago. YouTube: 1924
2014 -1924 art project
Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson
The Crumpling Umbrella2016 Fire and Rain art project
Focus on the wildfires and flooding in Alberta.
Art Shows & Tell,
Art News Pickets
Snow angel heART, up to snow good 2019 More Circles than Squares art project
Focus on Environment, Social and Political Climate Extremes.
The Poet, the Judge, We First Nations, Métis & Inuit 2015 LISTEN art project
Focus on Truth and Reconciliation - Defending Freedom of Expression
187 Last night I stepped out to find some food. With no luck I returned and saw three black men arguing and soon making chase.
I heard a thud and moments later I saw one man laying motionless on the road in front of the hotel. A crowd gathered, called 911
Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne. James Russell Lowell, American romantic poet. July 2019, Scaffolds being installed for the Alberta Legislature's facelift. Under construction Vista Tower taken outside our hotel along the Magnificent Mile
Last of the Alberta Caribou 2018 Status versus Motion art project
Focus on Alberta Politics and the Corporate News Media.
2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project
The Speaker's Banned Speech & Wear
2019 More Circles than Squares art project
Freedom of Expression Defended and Maintained
'Do you think this is an honourable place?' asked the Speaker's
Sergeant-at-arms, after banning my t-shirt and my use of