Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Gurevich Fine Art presents a world premiere of Buffy Sainte-Marie: 16 Million Colours. (Video)

"The reality of the situation is that we are not all dead and stuffed in some museum with the dinosaurs: we are here in the digital age. To me, a Macintosh is a natural and easy to learn tool, and it belongs in the hands of our beadworkers and powwow singers, our linguists, our historians." - Buffy Sainte-Marie

Showing October 12-27, 2012

APTN National News Buffy Sainte-Marie is a music icon and has spent much of her life on the road.

But Sainte-Marie is also a digital artist.

Her newest exhibit called 16 Million Colours premiered at the Gurevich Fine Art gallery in Winnipeg.

APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie spoke to Sainte-Marie about her life and art.

Gurevich Fine Art is proud to present the Canadian premiere exhibition of Sixteen Million Colours, a collection of digital art by music icon Buffy Sainte-Marie. The exhibit is a presentation illuminating the surprising beauty of digital images and Sainte-Marie’s experience as one of the first artists to create within the computerized realm. An intimate preview for media and invited guests will take place on Thursday, October 11 at 7:00PM with artist in attendance; and the Canadian premiere opens to the public on Friday, October 12, 2012 at Gurevich Fine Arts (200 - 62 Albert Street) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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For over four decades, Academy-Award winner Sainte-Marie has – and continues to - channel her infinite musical and artistic creativity as a musician, composer, social activist and educator. The digital work in Sixteen Million Colours echoes Sainte-Marie’s love of artistic experimentation through art that is multilayered both technically and conceptually. She explains, “One thing all these works have in common, they all combine layers of different realities as well as techniques – photographic, scanned objects, digital painting, painting and layers of ideas and emotions.” The pieces in this collection explore Sainte-Marie’s development as a digital artist as well as her identity as an Aboriginal artist.

Sainte-Marie has been creating digital art since 1984. Pushed to develop a virtual studio due to the constraints of her busy touring schedule, she began to experiment using a tiny 128K computer and the early graphic design program, MacPaint, to create visual art. “These paintings unintentionally represent a history of digital art programs including MacPaint, SuperPaint, PixelPaint and Photoshop,” says Sainte-Marie. Almost three decades later, these works reflect the visionary spirit of Sainte-Marie – a pioneer of digital art-making.

The work in Sixteen Million Colours is an unexpected display of images at once traditional and futuristic, serious and psychedelic.

About Sixteen Million Colours

The presentation of Sixteen Million Colours is the first comprehensive exhibition of Sainte-Marie’s digital work. A special preview of the collection

Sixteen Million Colours opens Friday, October 12, 2012 with a public reception at 7:00PM. Gurevich Fine Art is a commercial contemporary art gallery located at 200 - 62 Albert Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The exhibition runs from October 12 until October 27; gallery hours are Monday to Wednesday 11AM – 5PM, Thursday and Friday 11AM – 6PM and Saturday 11AM – 5PM. For more information, please visit:

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