'She smiles after all that...' Focus on Anger, Violence and Bullying. March 30, 2017 - April 2019
2007 Civil Information Activism 2020
Active Citizenship, Free News Sharing & Social Artistry
'Respect all people, property and the rule of law.'
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"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., "Let's 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" - Doug Brinkman
'The Crumpling Umbrella' Focus on Alberta wildfires and flooding. Dec. 21, 2015 - Dec. 20, 2017
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
"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
Status versus Motion art project
#FreePress #MSM #AbLeg
Freedom to Express & Listen
#Paintings #Posters #Pickets #WordOfMouth
2020 'Wear red as we go marching, Rome is burning'
Not a Bystander art project
#Anger #Violence #Bullying & #Hate
Fire and Rain art project
#Alberta #Wildfires #Floods
More Circles than Squares
#Alberta #Environment #Social #Politics
1924-2014 art project: Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson traveled from Ontario to Alberta, Jasper to paint. 1924 marked the opening of the (AGA) Art Gallery of Alberta. I spent a lot of time inside the AGA drawing, honing my creative skills, and rebuilding my confidence to paint again. YouTube
Shame #TheMan with love
The 2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project will help me answer the question the Alberta Gov. Speaker's Sergeant-at-Arms asked me June 2019 "Is the Alberta Legislature an honourable place?
Outdoor Art Show & Tell, Solstice weekend. National Indigenous History Month
Over 1000 outdoor Art Shows & tell, Demonstrations and Pickets since March 2015...
"Every work of art which really moves us is in some degree a revelation: it changes us." Lawren Harris
"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, Sept. 13, 2016
"When I first looked at it, it reminded me of Notre Dame Cathedral burning. It also reminds me of some of Van Gogh's paintings. If we are burning now, like Notre Dame, we will rise better and stronger." - Marg McCuaig-Boyd
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 to draw with to help 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 license, 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. I continued a career as a graphic arts craftsman operating mostly Goss high-speed newspaper printing presses, first for the Edmonton and Toronto Suns, and finally with the Edmonton Journal. 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. Retired, I paint freely as a social artist, news activist and share my art through art shows and tell. Doug Brinkman
July 10, 2020, Alberta Legislature: 'I am,'Oromia Canadian' placard art installation created during a protest by the Canadian Oromo community against the current Ethiopian government. Protesters say, according to CTVnews Edmonton, have been targeting the Indigenous population of Ethiopia, the Oromo, through arbitrary detention, torture, and kidnappings. My placard art installation was inspired by the 'I am a man", according to Wikipedia, is a declaration of civil rights, often used as a personal statement, and as a declaration of independence against oppression.
July 6, 2020: This morning, I shared the story about my new painting 'Shame #TheMan with love' totem with a First Nations lady. She appreciated my work, and I thanked her for her encouragement that helped energize me before going to the Legislature to conduct a Speakers Corner survey. Click on image to enlarge.
Edmonton Urban Art Renewal "We Rise to Play a Greater Part" -Frank Scott / Leonard Cohen