Chief White Bear by Michael Lonechild. Acrylic on canvas.
Michael Lonechild is a Cree, Native-Canadian painter best known for his brightly colored depictions of historical and present-day Cree culture. His oeuvre contains images of hunting buffalo and customary preparations for camp fires on winter days. Using acrylics Lonechild builds up many layers of paint to produce a glowing and textural quality to his works. "My technique is what people like to call the 'overlapping style',” the artist has said of his process. “I continue to paint over and over the same area in order to build up the mood." Born in the October of 1955 on the White Bear Reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada, Lonechild is self-taught, learning all he knows from books and observing other artists work. Early on in his career, the aritst was recognized in Dr. John Anson Warner’s book The Life and Art of the North American Indian (1991) as an influential painter of the Cree nation. His works are in the collection the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum in Canada and the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., among others. Lonechild lives and works between Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada.