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 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
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 Syrian Refugee, Flowering Bush YouTube
Leg. ground study - Gift to elder Wilson Bearhead
🍁150 -Flower Study: Gift to Soma Khan
Do bears shit in the woods? YouTube Magie sur toile YouTube Artist's Private Collection Trouble Maker YouTube Artist's Private Collection Allen' Ginsberg's Sunflower sutra YouTube Painting during the eclipse YouTube
Flower bed Alberta Legislature
🍁 'O Canada' 150 True North Strong and Free YouTube
Gift to Rick Fraser, 🌻Non-Violence
Gift to Leela Aheer , Israel #bridgingthegap Palestine YouTube All Lives 🌻 Nonviolence (now re-painted over) YouTube
2017 Canada🍁150 art Collection
Freely expressing art on the Alberta Legislature grounds
March 30, 2014: I recorded and published a YouTube titled 'Mom got her voice.' It begins with the Honorable Murray Sinclair, chair of the TRC encouraging a crowd that gathered outside the Shaw conference center to listen to Elizabeth Potskin recite her poem. 'Mom got her voice' was suggested by another woman I marched along with down Jasper avenue who said her mother if alive today would have been pleased with the TRC. We marched to the Alberta Legislature. One year later, March 30, 2015, I completed an oil painting titled The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit and took out to the streets of Edmonton as my first outdoor art show. I started at the Shaw Conference center, continuing along Jasper Avenue, ending at the Alberta Legislature. Along my route I was chased away by security personal in front of the offices of the Edmonton Journal and later City TV. In a city where buskers are free to play music and street preachers preach sermons, businesses along Jasper avenue were not about to allow me to show my painting on city sidewalks in front of thier businesses. I told the City TV security guard to call the police EPS and have me arrested for freely expressing myself with art in public. Common sense kicks in when they realize that art is not a crime.
Mom got her voice March 30, 2014 Citizen Free News YouTube
'The Truth will set you free but at first it will piss you off' - Murray Sinclair
March 30, 2014 TRC Chair Murray Sinclair looks back and reflects Mar. 31, 2018 YouTube
Poetry, Early Activism - Next Page
She smiles after all that...
"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 art show.
"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
Non Violence Jersey was added to this art project as a third installment after the Oilers hockey team eliminated the San Hose Sharks during playoff season. Reports by local news media surfaced of a boy being bullied at the game and a woman being punched in the face after a game. Both were wearing San Jose jerseys. These acts of fan violence may have jinxed the home team's winning abilities in a City once known as Champions.
Non (Fan) Violence Jersey
From March 30, 2015 to May, 2017 the painting titled 'Listen' was freely shown with it's story shared in public. The painting was used to defend free speech by those who use bull-horns, loud speakers and shouting to express free speech. It was used to defend my own right to freely express art in public after I was banned and threatened by City and Provincial officials. The painting was retired and given as a gift to the poet. Defending free expression continues and I will continue expressing art in public freely.
Next year I'll be taking my canvases and cameras back to where I practiced painting from 2013-2015. After I was laid off from my job September 2013 after 42 years working as a newspaper pressman I decided I wanted to paint full time again after a 13 year dry spell of not painting at all. I set up my easel along the river bank trails of the North Saskatchewan River. Then I started taking day trips out to the mountains inside Jasper to hike and paint. My first completed art project focused on the Group of Seven's Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson painting expedition to Jasper National Park summer of 1924, the same year the Art Gallery of Alberta opened it's doors to the public. I spent months preparing myself for this project by sketch studying the artist's works inside the art gallery.
Remembering the joy we experienced from those holidays we would take each year to Jasper. Special moments of time we connected with our surroundings, the solitude filled with countless truths that comes from the stillness and silence of the majestic mountains that surround Maligne Lake.
Picture, Citizen free news video clip March 30, 2014: TRC Chair Murray Sinclair next to Elizabeth Potskin as she recites her poem using a loudspeaker outside the Shaw Conference Center after the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation - Alberta National Event. This news clip inspired me to paint her likeness later adding Elizabeth's poem on a loudspeaker featuring both on Edmonton city sidewalks and public squares beginning March 30, 2015. I staged hundreds of art shows and used "Listen" to defend free speech and freedom of expression. I retired and gave "Listen" to the poet in the spring of 2017, my thanks to Elizabeth.
2017 Not a Bystander art project
Focus on Anger, Violence and Bullying
2016 Fire and Rain art project
Freedom of Expression Challenged, Defended & Maintained
2015 Listen art project
The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit
2014 1924 art project
Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson
2019 A Moment, This Space in Time
"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.
"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
Starbucks Coffee Cup art project
Focus on Alberta's Oil Industry.
Water, we have a responsibility to our children
Roughneck, Protector of Oil (Alberta Jobs)
Honing my creative skills while building my confidence and understanding.
Paintings are not for sale but are given away or painted over for future art projects.
May 3, 2016, Noon, Photo taken by a member of the Wildrose party.
Ms. Anam Kazim (NDP) MLA for Calgary-Glenmore was the first MLA to receive a painting by me as a gift for her public service to Albertans. I later titled it Wood Buffalo, wildfire. At 5 PM that same day a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. it swept through the community, forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history. I already completed 4 paintings so far this year adding to my Fire and Rain art project that focused my canvases on the wildfires of Alberta. November 27, 2016, Jason Kenney really appreciated the story behind my painting Water and Oil is Life-Non Violence so I handed him the painting straight off the easel saying to Jason "what better man to have this painting, but a man who understands and appreciates its story" all the while I'm thinking to myself "this guy could very well become our next Premier of Alberta." Jason Kenney went on to become the leader of the Conservative party of Alberta and later joined forces with Brian Jean, leader of her Majesty's official opposition party the Wildrose. Together they formed the United Conservative Party of Alberta. Jason won the leadership of the United Conservative Party of Alberta and was sworn in as MLA January 30, 2018. bLog: Water and Oil is Life - Non Violence
Water and Oil is Life - Non Violence - Anti pipeline protest
Wood Buffalo, Wildfire - Painted next to #Yeg City Hall
2018 Speakers Corner 'Are you For or Against Pipelines and Why?' Continued
Since 2007 my citizen free news sharing (Civil Information Activism) is shared with people by word of mouth and with social art during art shows and news pickets. Citizen free news stories are placed on city provided kiosks with posters and newsletter leaflets throughout the city. Social media blogs, twitter and YouTubes are used to reach audiences across Canada and around the world. I've published over a thousand YouTubes on my YouTube channel, seen by over 1/2 million viewers across Canada and worldwide with over a million minutes watched. Not for profit but all paid for out of my own pocket. I do this to news service my community without the burden of advertisers and editorial control over my artistic and news sharing freedoms.
Art Projects & Civil Information actions
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. Ernst Fischer
Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed--and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. President John F. Kennedy
Ripples on moon lit waters, stars their dim lit shine.
Wind sails softly over a moment, this space in time