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Acrylic on Acid-free artboard
Red, Green, Yellow
|Dimensions||17.5 x 25" (44.45 x 63.5cm)|
|LOC||CP - - PD8 -|
|Artist||Maynard Johnny Jr.|
|Nation||Coast Salish / Kwakwaka'wakw Nations|
Coast Salish / Kwakwaka’wakw Nations
Maynard Johnny Jr. was born on the 4th April, 1973, in Campbell River, located on Vancouver Island off the Coast of British Columbia. He is a descendant of both the Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish Nations and thus has inherited a unique blend of culture and tradition. In addition, his living in Canada and the United States has broadened his scope and influence to that of many native traditions and cultures.
Artistically, although Maynard began drawing at the age of six, it was in his mid-teens that he began to work seriously at developing his natural artistic talent. Due to his various life-experiences his artwork takes influence from many nations, however he blends Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw art forms to result in a unique and contemporary vision of traditional legends and their depictions. During his career, Maynard has won various logo and art competitions. His work can be found in many local and international collections – both private and commercial.
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“This contemporary Coast Salish design, titled “Pro Creation”, through the act of creativity,is a celebration of the act of procreation. In the design, two salmon heads are depicted, the negative crescentric space simultaneously defining their mouths, as well as defining each other’s lower jaw. This simple visual punning represents interconnectedness through procreation. This simple visual punning also represents the beginnings of the offspring of the two salmon. In some of philosophical musings, I have often wondered which act is great, creation or procreation? I came to the conclusion that procreation is great than creation, since creation, as a human culture, woudl not exist without procreation. I also felt that the lIFe of one human being is much greater than the body of work of any artist. Recently though, I have felt that creatively creates culture, and makes the procreation of many generations possible. So I now see both creation and procreation as both being great acts of humankind.
On a personal leve, althought I am not really “pro-choice” or “pro-life”, my myOTHER , when she was a sixteen year old girl with me, was considering abortion. With love for her, I am thankful that she gave birth to me. If she never procreated me, the creativity of my lIFe would not exisit.”