🍁Get Up Canada, Stand Up For Your Rights! 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 (YouTube). 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 freely express myself with art by picketing both the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton and won back my freedom. These words of encouragement were added by supporters from the 42 days of picketing.
"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 against the City of Edmonton" - D.B.
Gift to Rick Fraser, 🌻Non-Violence
Gift to Leela Aheer , Israel #bridgingthegap Palestine YouTube
First Painting January 25, Edmonton City Hall's ice rink
Painting 'Fort McMurray -The Beast' May 3, home studio
Art Project Paintings 🌻are Not For Sale but
are Given Away or Reused for Future Art Projects
From March 30, 2015 to May, 2017 this painting was shown freely with it's story shared to the public. The painting was used to defend free speech in Edmonton by those who shout, use bull-horns and loud speakers to express themselves. I used it to defend my own right to freely express myself with art in public after I was banned by Government employees. I retired the painting, my gift to Elizabeth Potskin.
March 30, 2015: I did my first outdoor art show in the streets of Edmonton beginning in front of the downtown Shaw Conference where I was inspired to paint my first social art painting titled The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit and ending my show on the Alberta Legislature grounds. After the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Alberta National Event March 30, 2014, I published a YouTube 'Mom got her voice today' that featured Elizabeth Potskin reciting a poem with the Chair of the TRC Murray Sinclair standing behind her and encouraging the crowd outside the Shaw conference center to listen. YouTube
Alberta Air Quality Worse than Beijing and New Delhi, August 26, 2015 Globe and Mail
My art tells a story...
Some of the earliest evidence of human art suggests that people told stories with pictures. Civil Information Activism employs art as a ways and means to telling that story to the public while respecting people, property and the rule of law.
Added to the 'Not a Bystander' art project April 2017 during the Edmonton Oilers San Jose Sharks playoff series. News reports of fan violence and bullying began to surface. The Oilers were eliminated the next round by the Ducks and have struggled ever since...
Non-Violence PaintingGift to the Honorable MLA Rick Fraser.
The Non-Violence Oilers Jersey will be retired this spring...
'People Have A Voice, They Will Be Heard!' Doug Brinkman
Social Artist, Civil Information Activist since March 2007
2018 Status versus Motionart project
March 10, 2018: Alberta Legislature: Picture of me with the organizer Mads Zazulak before an anti-pipeline protest 'Protect the Inlet in Edmonton' in front of the Alberta Legislature. Most of the 20 people in attendance were against the pipelines while 3 were for increased capacity flow along side the current trans-mountain pipelines including myself. We had a peaceful round circle of sharing ideas and solutions, some that were later shared on my 'Speakers Corner' YouTube addressed to the Honorable MLAs, Goverment and opposition Leaders, Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney. Afterwards we had smudge ceremony, drumming, handshakes and hugs with each other. It was a great rally organized Ms Zazulak. YouTube Part 1 Pipelines 'Balls of Bitumen'