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Artwork by Peter Purdy ~ Official Opening Party
2017-04-11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Come celebrate Peter Purdy’s newest artworks at the Official Opening Party on Tuesday, April 11th, from 7-10pm. Music by Auchtorok!!
Peter is a great friend of the Rooster, he has run the monthly Life Drawing sessions for years. Now this contemporary indigenous artist has put together an impressive collection which includes twenty never seen before acrylic portraits! These works will be on display until May 8th.
I’ve always known that I wanted to be an artist. I was born and raised in Mattawa, Ontario, on the outskirts of Algonquin Park. Like many small town artists, I started out doing graffiti. Following that, I attended the Ottawa School of Art, studying fine art and, later, classical hand drawn animation.
My art and my life has been influenced in many ways over the years. Artistically, I am influenced by the impressionists and Canadian artists like those of the Group of Seven, as well as indigenous artists, such as Norval Morrisseau and Daphne Odjig. But also, as a person of Algonquin and Irish decent, I have dealt with a lot of racism, from the non-native community, the church, school, and the justice system, which has provided its own mark on my life and my work. Even though I am not a traditional indigenous artist, I try to use my training and lived experiences to bring something new to the Canadian indigenous art scene.
In 2013, I lost my mother to cancer. She was a strong and amazing woman who, as a single mother of three boys, showed incredible strength when she went back to school, graduated, and went on to become a founding member of the Mattawa Family Resource Centre. She dedicated her life and her work to helping women escape from abusive relationships and supporting them while they found their path away from violence. She was an inspiration and positively influenced my life, as well as the lives of many others.
This is the 150th year of occupation here in Canada and we are still here. We continue to fight for our rights and, thanks in no small way, to the hard work of indigenous women, our culture is more alive now than it has been in the past 100 years. With this body of work, I want to portray the strength and courage that I saw in the women of my community growing up. I want to focus on the beauty of their resilience and the positive action that comes from the women of the native community.
I dedicate this show to my mother and all the women who continue to help families and women, not to just survive, but to find their own strength.