Jackson Beardy

Jackson Beardy – July 24, 1944 – December 8, 1984

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

Raised early on by his Ojibway grandparents, Jackson was removed from his home as a child and placed in the government’s controversial “Residential Schools” program.

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

In 1970, Jackson and his family were forbidden entrance to the National Arts Centre gala in Ottawa. The show, commemorating Manitoba’s centennial, featured Jackson’s work.

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

In 1972 Jackson and six more native artists formed the “Professional Native Artist Association”. This has come to be known as “The Indian Group Of Seven”.

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

In 1985, the year after his death, 2 murals were painted in his honor. Based on prints of Jackson’s, they have since been restored and repainted. Read all about the Jackson Beardy Mural

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

You can read about Jackson’s life on the “Native Art in Canada” website.

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

Pics taken by Resa, November 28, 2014

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I would like to take an appropriate moment to thank J. Walters for the posts of hers I used for Kids’ Month. Her blog Canadian Art Junkie not only features Canadian artists, but is running a special this year featuring 150 Canadian Artists to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

J Walters also features world wide art on her blog Global Art Junkie and if you like photography, check out The Photo Junkie

Jackson Beardy (rendered posthumously by Jerry Johnson’s Graphics Art Class at R.B. Russell)

14 thoughts on “Jackson Beardy

    1. I think things have gotten better over the ensuing years, but Canada still has a long, long way to go rectifying and redeeming itself, as far as our First Nations are concerned. Man has a long way to go, s far as humanities are concerned.
      There are many weak links in the chain. xoxoxo

  1. Resa – These are exquisite, and Jackson Beardy so warrants recognition. I can’t imagine the deflation he must have experienced just for that refusal of entry to the National Arts Centre. So unfair and so typical. One tiny example of how deep the prejudice was that imbued those time (although in some places, it’s not tremendously better now). Thank you so much for selecting this artist and for the wonderful shout-out.

    1. Dear J.
      I agree! Jackson Beardy deserves our full applause, a standing ovation. My stomach heaved when I read about his family… I mean his kids were with him…. not being allowed into a showing of his art. You deserve a big shout out for your on-line curating of art. As you already know, I am very excited about your 150 for Canada’s 150.

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