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Artist / Maker : Thomas, Roy
Title : Guidance
Date (Execution) : 1984
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 : Image of stylized bird with other animals and the sun within it's wings and a grey outline of a human figure at the center.
Accession # : U990.14.1068
Width (cm) : 66.50
Height (cm) : 56.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This picture represents what sources the artist looks to for guidance. The artist is a grey outline. He looks to the yellow sun, the water, the fish and the animal (bottom right) that helps him paint and give him the materials with which to paint. The wind (little figure, bottom left), inspires and guides the artist, but like water, is difficult to represent by itself. The artist is also influenced by wisdom, represented by the owl (upper right) and by night which is the time to dream and get inspiration for his art. Always in the background are the four directions (four feathers on the right hand wing) to provide perspective to the artist of where he is going and where he comes from." (statement provided by Pacific Editions; transcribed from a conversation with Roy Thomas)