"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 mother's womb is a circle.
I don't believe we should be living in these squares." Chief No Tribe, 2016
"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
2017 Not a Bystander art project bLog 'She smiles after all that...'
Focus on Anger, Violence and Bullying. March 30, 2017 - April 2019
2007 Civil Information Activism 2020
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.
2016 Fire and Rain art project bLog 'The Crumpling Umbrella'
Focus on Alberta wildfires and flooding. Dec. 21, 2015 - Dec. 20, 2017
2019 More Circles than Squares art project blog Alberta Environment, Social
and Political climate extremes. December 21, 2018 - December 20, 2019
2015 LISTEN art project ' The Poet, the Judge, We First Nations, Métis & Inuit
First Art Show & Tell Truth and Reconciliation - Freedom of Expression. Mar. 2015 - Apr. 2018
2014 -1924 art project Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson 1924, Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson travelled from Ontario to Alberta Jasper’s wilderness, to document its beauty. That same year 1924 marked the opening of the Art Gallery of Alberta. The AGA showcased Lawren Harris & A.Y. Jackson Jasper/ Robson 1924 where I spent months sketch studying and honing my own creative skills. The summer of 2014, I travelled to Jasper's wilderness, to document its beauty the way they had done so 90 years ago...
"To myself, my family and to my community in service to God..."
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 13th year. Doug Brinkman, Married to S.M. Elliott.
Sketching improves my creative skills, builds confidence and helps me understand my surroundings.
2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project by Doug Brinkman
"When we love ourselves it is in convent upon us to love everyone around us and to do good. I pray for Canada, I pray for peace, I pray for unity and I pray for leaders with compassion with the drive to bring unity today and forever." Catholic Woman prays for our leaders to be blessed, Alberta Legislature outdoor art show, 2019.
On January 25, 2016, I completed "Wildfire on a sloping hill." This painting would become the first of 24 paintings depicting the wildfires and floods in Alberta for my 2016 Fire and Rain social art project. This tiny 8" x 10" was painted next to the Edmonton City Hall ice rink. This painting, along with others, was later banned from being shown in public by the Alberta Government. I was also threatened with police action by a City of Edmonton Manager on New Year's Eve 2016 for featuring another painting from my collection "Escape from Fort McMurray" on an easel next to the same City Hall ice rink. Government officials who stifle Canadians' free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the press weaken Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms and threaten our democracy. After picketing both the City of Edmonton and Government of Alberta for a total of 38 days. I'm now free to paint and show my art in public but how many First Nations I wonder enjoy the same privileges, rights and freedoms I do?
My artwork is not for sale but is shared freely to my community, given away as gifts of art or painted over for future social art projects.
Social Art Projects
2016 Fire and Rain
2017 Not a Bystander
2018 Status versus Motion
2019 More Circles than Squares
2020 Freedom to Express and Listen
Art Shows, Demonstrations & Pickets
2015-03-30 to 2020-03-22
1001 Days Freely Expressing Art
Rope hangs from Herman Poulin's bronze monument “Service through Christ”
2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project
Citizen News Eclipse
In the fall of 2013 I lost my job as a newspaper printer of 42 years. I was 58 at the time, forced into early retirement. I decided to pick up my paint brush again after 10 years of not painting and live my life long dream as a painter. For the next 7 years I sketched and painted full time and in 2015 brought my art out into the streets and public squares of Edmonton. White, male and considered privileged by society's standards, in 2016 while showing my art Fire and Rain I was banned 3 times by the Government of Alberta and threatened police action by a City of Edmonton manager. Welcome to my gallery. Doug Brinkman
Art is the beginning of vision into the realm of eternal life. Lawren Harris
It's probably hard for anyone looking at my landscapes today to realize that I was once regarded as a rebel, a dangerous influence; that I've been told I was on the verge of insanity, that my painting was nothing but meaningless daubs. Lawren Harris, the man most responsible for drawing the Group of Seven together, was accused of something perilously close to treason - his paintings, said his severest critics, were discouraging immigration. A. Y. Jackson
“Two things form the bedrock of any open society — freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country." - Salman Rushdie.