🍁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 tells a story
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 and threatened by Gov. officials. The painting was retired, given to the poet.
Art Shows, Demonstrations, Pickets
From March 30, 2015 to April 14, 2018
2015/120 2016/160 2017/240 2018/57
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.
2015 The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit art project
Alberta Air Quality Worse than Beijing and New Delhi, August 26, 2015 Globe and Mail
Art tells a story that every life has a story
I express art to extend the stories from my citizen news reporting on YouTube beyond the internet, out into the public square of our communities to help bring people closer together, to share ideas, solutions and tell thier own stories. I have learned from listening to others share thier stories that it's just as important as our right to free speech because if no one listens how can our speech be free?
This project is dedicated to the memory of Tina Fontaine: YouTube
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...
The Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime
for any citizen to shrink from controversy. - John F. Kennedy
March 28, 2018 sketch study (left) inspired by William Townsend's 1952 landscape Alberta (Banff) currently on display second floor of the Art gallery of Alberta.
March 26, 2018 Sketch study of 1952 William Townsend with student at the Banff Centre.
"Art must take to the road and risk all for the glory of adventure."
In 1924, Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson went into Jasper’s wilderness, to document and paint its beauty. 90 years later I too went to Jasper and painted...
The Indian Group of Seven and Canadian Abstract Artist Jack Bush sketch studies. Artist bio Back Page Gallery
William Townsend, Current Sketch Study Feature
"Sketching hones my creative skills and builds confidence and understanding" - Doug Brinkman
(British, 1909-1973) came to Canada for the first time in 1951 to teach painting in Banff, Alberta. For the rest of his life he returned repeatedly to teach in Alberta, surveying the state of contemporary painting across the country while en route. Sharing lessons of modern painting from London, Townsend promoted Canadian art and artists internationally.
'The Truth will set you free but at first it will piss you off' - Murray Sinclair
March 30, 2014 'Murray Sinclair looks back and reflects on the #TRC ' re-published Mar. 31, 2018 YouTube
Pressman in the Public Legislature gallery follows the political, social and environmental concerns of the day from the standpoint of the Alberta Government, Opposition and follows how the local news media covers those stories. Citizen Free News Blog
Citizen Free News Blog
"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.
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.