David General - Subsurface Rights - Inherit Domain
David General - Turtle Island
David General - Eagle Watching Out For You
David General - Wing Span
David General - Lady Hawk
 
David General - Eagle - He Was Sent To Be A Guide
 

David General

"Stone, primarily marble, has become the language that I feel is my most effective means of communication. It is my preferred medium and I believe I’ve developed a facility and fluency in marble that I do not have in written or spoken English. I am pleased to have the opportunity to convey my outlook on life, through a material and artistic treatment that I hope will become recognizably mine."

David General



Biography
Born 1950, Six Nations Reserve, Ontario Canada

David General has spent the past twenty years developing his distinctive imagery as a sculptor. In recent years, he began to write and lecture on First Nations art and urges First Nations artists to respond to and support the First Nations’ rights agenda. David works primarily in marble and bronze but recently has added steel and wood to his chosen medium. His combination of a First Nations perspective and a modernist presentation of simple, elegant line are reasons that his work is easily distinguishable. His work has been limited to private and corporate collections
Early in his art career David was a founding member and co-chair of the Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry (SCANA). His involvement in the politics of art has been replaced by the politics of his community – the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. David is currently an elected representative to the Six Nations Council, an artist/politician that believes in the economic potential and sustainability of a dynamic arts and culture community.


Education
Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario
Journeyman Bridge and Structural Steel Ironworker, Local 736, Hamilton, ON
Hamilton Teachers College, Hamilton, Ontario
Self-Studied Sculptor – Stone, Bronze, Wood


Honors, Awards
Trophy Design Wayne Gretzky Charity Tennis Classic
Employment & Immigration Canada Award Design
CGC Inc

Medium
Sculpture in marble, bronze, steel and wood.  Jewelry in exotic hardwoods and silver

Professional Associations
Member- McMichael Canadian Art Collection Board

Senior Cultural Development Officer, The Cultural Development Division, Department of Indian and Northern Development, Ottawa

Exhibition Curator- Contemporary Art of Iroquoia, MacDonald Gallery, Toronto

Advisory Committee Member- National Indian Artist Symposium

Past Chairman- Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry

Publications
1989
"Would it Carry More Weight if it Were Written in Stone", Artscrafts Magazine, National Indian Arts and Crafts Magazine, Ottawa, Ont.

1989
"Reach Out and Touch Someone"- Artscrafts Magazine, Ottawa

1987
"Swimming in the Mainstream”, Networking, proceedings from the National Native Indian Artists’ Symposium IV, University of Lethbridge, Alberta

1978
"Indian Artists or Artists Who are Indian?"- The Native Perspective, Volume 3, No.2


Selected Collections
National Museum of Man, Ottawa, Ontario
Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Ottawa
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ont.
Woodland Indian Cultural Educational Centre, Brantford, Ontario
McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art, Thunder Bay, Ontario
The W. Ross MacDonald School, Brantford, Ontario
The Blackburn Group, London Free Press, London, Ontario
Yukon Permanent Art Collection, Whitehorse, Yukon
Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Ontario
Dunlop Gallery, Regina, Sasketchewan
Shell Canada Collection
Olympia and York Developments Ltd., Toronto, Ontario
Northern Telecom Ltd.
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
Maritime Paper Products, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Warner-Lambert Canada Inc., Scarborough, Ontario
Saint John Shipbuilding Limited, Saint John
Canadian Standards Association, Roxdale, Ontario
Candaian Pacific Forest Products, Montreal, P.Q.
Digital Equipment Limited, Toronto, Ontario
Ontario Hydro, Toronto, Ontario
Petro Canada, Calgary, Alberta
Amdahl, Toronto, Ontario
Connaught Laboratories, Toronto, Ontario
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario


Selected Group Exhibitions
2000
"Mutual Regard", Works by Arthur Shilling and David M. General, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto

1995
"The Kluane Exhibition", The Yukon Art Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon
"The Kluane Exhibition", The McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario

1991
"Okanata", A-Space Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
"The Very Breath of the Americas", Works by David M. General and John Boyle, The University of Waterloo Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario

1990
"In the Shadow of the Sun", Rijks Museumvoor Volkenhunde, Lerden, Netherlands
"In the Shadow of the Sun", Mount St. Vincent, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1989
"In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Canadian Indian and Inuit Art", The Candadian Museum of Civilization,Ottawa/Hull, Ontario

1988
"In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Canadian Indian and Inuit Art", Museum am Ostwall, Museum fur Kunstand Kalturegeschichte, Dortmund, Germany

1987
"Celebration of Contemporary Native Art", CA

1985
"Challenges", National Museum of Man, Netherlands

1984
"Common Heritage", Queen's Museum, NY

1980
"Contemporary Art of Iroquoia", Toronto, Ontario

1976
Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario

Eleven Exhibitions spanning the years: 1976-1988
"Indian Art", Woodland Indian Cultural Education Centre, Brantford, Ontario


Selected Solo Exhibitions
1998
"First Language", Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, Ontario
"Rearview Mirror", The Indian Art Centre Gallery, Ottawa, Ont./Hull, Quebec
"Designs for Bronze and Stone", The Rails' End Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario

1993
"Modern Eagle, Modern Vision", The Koffler Gallery, North York, Ontario

1988
"In Seclusion", Inuit Gallery, London, Ontario

1986
"Maquettes", Brock University, Ontario

1984
"Transformation", Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art, Thunder Bay, Ontario

1983
"Transformation" Woodland Indian Cultural Education Centre, Brantford, Ontario



Please email the gallery to view more works by David General.