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, September 13, 2016
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The 2017 Not A Bystander art project Blog
#2 VIMY - Not A Bystander
The 2017 Not A Bystander art project draws on community feedback and participation while focusing camera and canvases on the issues of anger, violence and bullying. Ends December.
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 with Edmonton Community Theatre, painting sets and doing public relations. I now paint full-time combining art with the news stories I publish on YouTube. All social art that is displayed in public are for others to enjoy and are not for sale. Doug Brinkman The 2016 Fire and Rain art project Blog
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project was planned in 2015 following the news stories about wildfires that burned throughout Western Canada. The first painting was completed January 25th, 2016 and 23 more paintings followed throughout the year. Paintings were displayed and their stories shared.
Honorary lifetime member of UNIFOR
B.C./Alberta (Media) Local 780G
2015-120 2016-160 2017-138
Art Shows, Demonstrations and Pickets since March 2015
I spent my evenings sketch studying Lawren Harris and A.Y.Jackson inside the Art Gallery of Alberta, where their works were on display. Later that year, in the spring and fall, I set out with my backpack, canvas and paints to paint in the same area of Maligne Lake as they did 90 years earlier.
"Art must take to the road and risk all for the glory of adventure." - Lawren Harris
"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"-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. "Art is Freedom"- Love A.L., "自由" S.L., "Thank You All"-DB
These are some of the people who supported my picket against the City of Edmonton
Last year my 2016 Fire and Rain art project endured 3 verbal bans by officials with the Government of Alberta and was threaten with police action by a City of Edmonton employee. The 2017 Not a Bystander art project was delayed as a result because I had to defend my right to freely express myself with art in public. I used art as my placard to picket in front of City Hall and on public sidewalks for 38 days. On March 10th I ended my picket after a meeting with the city. I received an apology and we agreed to work together so I can freely express myself as a Canadian with art without duress.
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Sketch Studies Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated and Abstract Artist Jack Bush
The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit "It's the job of the artist to make themselves free" Doug
Freedom of Expression Defended
all Omar Khadr
Free News Sharing
"Sovereignty is Freedom" - Dene Warrior
Migwetch from a Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe
Dan McCarthy, Thank you for posting this
Warrior Song #StandingRock
A great credit to you & your professionalism. Your
One Heart Beat
#ABLeg, The painting of Magie sur toile - July, 2017 YouTube
Free News Sharing
& Social Artistry
Painted Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty 6 Territory, Canada
"To protect the right of expression is the
central part of an artist’s activity." - Ai Weiwei
#3 Nine Afghan Boys Gathering Firewood