Sketch Studies Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated & Abstract Artist Jack Bush
From March 30, 2015 to May, 2017 this painting was shown freely and it's story shared in the public squares of Edmonton. The Poet & the Judge was used to defend free speech for others and used to defend myself my right to freely express art in public. Now retired I gave The Poet & the Judge to the poet Elizabeth Potskin who inspired my first social art painting project. Thank you Elizabeth for your poem!
The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit
During my pickets against the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta sharing news and information about my picket was done while respecting all people, property and the rule of law. During the picket against the City of Edmonton thousands of Edmontonians had seen me and my placard on the street corners and public squares of the city advertising like I was a walking bill-board. Hundreds more would stop and ask "why are you picketing the City" and I'd share my story and share my information leaflets. Dozens of posters were placed on City provided kiosks, inside book stores and cafe notice boards around town. YouTubes were published covering my picket and hundreds more viewers were reached. See Mayor Don Iveson proclaims Garth Brooks Day
"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
My 2016 Fire and Rain art project was banned and threatened with police action
In 2016, I spent 8 days picketing the Alberta Government in defense of my right to freely express myself with art on the grounds and in 2017, 36 days picketing the City of Edmonton after I was threatened with police action by a city employee for showing a single painting depicting the Fort McMurray fire on New Years Eve. The City and the Province have both agreed to allow me to freely express myself with art in public.