Doug's Social Art Projects
The bystander on Armistice100 day - Alberta Legislature
"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
2016 Fire and Rain art project continues...
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
More Circles than Squares art project begins spring 2019
She smiles after all that... 2017 Not a Bystander art project
Civil Information Activism
Respect People, Property and the Rule of Law
"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 - D.B.
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 who said showing art on the grounds was inappropriate. 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 freedom of expression with Civil Information Actions by being the media and employing respect for all people, property and the rule of law while picketing both the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. After 42 days in total I won back my right and freedom to express myself with art in public. The City had apologized March 2017 while the 3 Alberta Legislature officials who verbally banned me in 2016 remain unapologetic.
Doug Brinkman: 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 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 so I retired and now work freely as a social artist and citizen news activist now in my 12th year.
Paintings are not for sale but are given away or painted over for future art projects.
2017 Not a Bystander art project
A Community social art project that focused on Anger, Violence and Bullying
Art must take to the road and risk all for the glory of adventure Lawren Harris
In 1924, Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson went into Jasper’s wilderness, to document and paint its beauty. That same year marked the opening of the Art Gallery of Alberta. The gallery showcased exhibits that followed those artists’ journeys. I spent months there sketch studying thier works. In the of summer of 2014, I travelled to Jasper's wilderness, to paint its beauty the way they had done 90 years ago. YouTube: 1924
2014 1924 art project
Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson
Daphne Odjig and Carl Ray. Abstract artist Jack Bush .
"Standing together as individuals, they tried to tear us apart. So they could
isolate us individually .... But we stuck together" - Alex Janvier
"We as artists must be careful not to fall prey to another form of colonization, for we are one of the most
powerful voices of our people.... We must make our own work on our own terms" - Joseph Sanchez
"Your best work, when you do it, will always upset the general public –
they're always a few years behind you." - Jack Bush
Honing my creative skills while building my confidence and understanding.
Edmonton Smoke'n - 2018 Status versus Motion art project
2015 Listen The Judge and the Poet (Gift to Elizabeth Potskin)
Trouble maker - The coming storms Alberta Legislature
2019 More Circle than Squares art project
Two girls on a rock - 1993 (Gift to Janet Blonde)
The Crumpling Umbrella - 2016 Fire and Rain art project
Last of the Alberta Caribou 2018 Status versus Motion art project
2016 Fire and Rain
2017 Not a Bystander
2018 Status versus Motion
2019 More Circles than Squares
Art Show and Tell
March 30, 2015
May 26, 2019
2019 More Circles than Squares art project On-line gallery
Active Citizenship, Free News Sharing & Social Artistry
From press freedom to artistic freedom: upholding the rights of all!