The Fire and Rain art project
Canvases and Camera Focus on the Wildfires and Rains in Alberta, while Defending Freedom of Expression!
Albertans came together in a time of extraordinary danger
"It is the job of the artist to make themselves free"
The Fire and Rain art project: Artist log, News Stories, Photos & YouTubes Back Page...
Main Art Gallery Back Page
42 years newspaper pressman YouTube
Honorary lifetime member of UNIFOR
B.C./Alberta (Media) Local 780G
I started expressing my creative self as a toddler with 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 3 times and one time to the Rose Spit on Haida Gwaii . In Edmonton I continued a career as a graphic arts craftsman, first for the Edmonton Sun (Photo) and finally with the Edmonton Journal for 27 years (Video). I was involved as a volunteer with community theatre, painting sets and doing public relations for Walterdale Playhouse Theatre. In 2007 I became a Civil Information Activist and began publishing Citizen Free News stories on YouTube, posters and leaflets. Today I continue practicing social artistry as a full-time artist and citizen news activist combining art with the news stories I publish. Unemployed since September 2013 I'm currently looking for P.T. work in Edmonton.
Civil Information Activism - Free News Sharing Since March 2007
Free News Sharing
& Social Artistry Back Page
2017 Not A Bystander art project
Where camera and canvases focus on anger, family violence and bullying.
Watch & Listen - Sketch Studies Back Page
Artist Log March 2017: Freedom of Expression being expressed by children, young and old inside Sir Winston Churchill Square in Edmonton, Alberta on Treaty 6 Territory. And yet I had to fight the City of Edmonton this year for 38 days picketing to defend my right to freely express myself with art. My 2016 Fire and Rain art project that focused on the wildfires and rains of Alberta was first verbally banned 3 times in 2016 by Alberta Legislature officials and bullied during my 160th outdoor art show on new years eve with the threat of police action by one Edmonton City employee. I eventually got back my freedom by protesting the City and the Province but I no longer believe that we are as free in Canada as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms says we are. Happy 150th Birthday Canada! Doug Brinkman
“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
Who decides who can freely express themselves with art and who cannot?