I received permission from both icon commissions to take a few days to complete one of the two totem series paintings, as I really need to present one to the gallery ASAP. (The other large canvas of the 'Brown Bear' will be completed once the 2 icons are done.) Gallery sales never happen right away, and the artist always sees the sea of red in the home budget coming around every corner. With the original icon commissions, the time required inevitably exceeds the cost projections, with research and changes.
The 'Future Generations' section is from the "Seventh Generation Pole / Honour of the Children Pole" at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It was designed by James Lewis and carved by Wayne Carlick in 1995 and "raised in 1997, to honour all the artists and carvers in the past, the ones who continue today and those who will pass on their culture in the future".
The section used for this canvas is from the the second row from the bottom, which are the children of the future. (The bottom row is of the children of the past.)
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In other news, the two icons of Rose Prince (Rose Of The Carrier) are developing and will be completed within the next few weeks.
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And while all this is happening, I've just received confirmation that my contact with the Siksika Nation is able to continue with commissioning the second icon which is to be the pair to the recent Siksika Sacred Heart Icon. This new commission of the Sacred Heart of Mary will be of the same size and within the same Siksika context. I look forward to this further collaboration.
Andre Prevost, began his work in theatre in the late 70s and in iconography in 1980 and has a large body of work in each. He has been based in Western Canada; North Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and now back in North Vancouver. He is also currently working on a series of acrylic paintings 'Journeying with the Totems' which will be featured in 2 exhibitions in 2015.