"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
Sketch Studies of The Indian Group of Seven
Doug Brinkman, Painter, Printer, Pilot: 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 with Edmonton Community Theatre, painting sets and doing public relations.
"Art must take to the road and risk all for the glory of adventure." - Lawren Harris
Project paintings are not for sale, but are donated to charity, given away as gifts or painted over for future social art projects.
I'm available for contract, casual or part time work offering my unique skills of social artistry and news reporting.
From March 30, 2015 to May, 2017 this painting was shown freely with it's story shared in the public. The painting was used to defend a street preacher's right to free speech and used to defend myself to freely express art in public. I gave 'The Poet & the Judge...' to Elizabeth Potskin, a true warrior who inspired me and many others with her poem, 'thank you Elizabeth for your courage and strength.'
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.
By Doug Brinkman
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
of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people' Isaac Newton
The Status versus Motion art project will focus my camera, sketch pads and canvases creating news videos, satirical cartoons and paintings on local and national environmental and political news stories from all sides of the political spectrum. Artist Blog
Sketch study of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to