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Artist / Maker : Thomas, Roy
Title : Rock Paintings
Date (Execution) : 1982
Geographical Origin : Ontario, Canada
Cultural Group : Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Abstract image of large fish drawn using lines typical of Ojibwe art. Small representations of fir trees stand upon the left side of the fish's tail. The general sense is of a number of natural elements linked in a somewhat circular manner, mirroring spiritual and physical understanding of nature inherent in the artist's culture.
Accession # : U990.14.1065
Width (cm) : 56.10
Height (cm) : 61.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "Water is an endless source of inspiration for my art. My ancestors always created their rock paintings near water, along river banks and lake shores. It was perhaps one of the first media for art among the Ojibwa of northern Ontario. The rock art documented in this print is an important source and record of the spiritual events of my people. 'Rock Painting' pays tribute to this inspiration, to the waters which wash from the painted rock faces and the beings that inhabit the depths. Together with the 'land' contained in the fish's tail, this print illustrates the wholeness and continuity of nature itself - the land, the water and all the beings which these sustain and spiritually nourish. If we recognize all of these life-giving sources that help us, then our lives and out work become full of joy." - Roy Thomas