“The last time I had an art show in Estevan, I was 19 years old,” acclaimed Saskatchewan Cree Artist, Michael Lonechild, told Discover Estevan Friday evening. “I had my first show here,” he explained, “and now I’m back. Back to the beginning.”

Lonechild, perhaps one of Saskatchewan’s most notable artists, spoke with Victoria Utman from Discover Estevan and Sun 102 before the opening of his second Estevan-based art show, hosted by local business, Art Concepts Custom Framing.

Read the exclusive interview below:

Utman: Can you tell us a little about what you’re exhibiting here in Estevan?

Lonechild: Well – I’m displaying miniature paintings because, in order to have a big major show, you need to have large paintings and large paintings take a long time to paint. It would take over a year and a half to get a good art show together, and I am not that patient.

I’ve sold paintings for my career, that’s what I do; that’s how I put food on the table.

Utman: And a little bit about your work; what’s your process?

Lonechild: I paint in acrylics and I paint the life on the reserve that once was; it [Lonechild’s work] has no limit in time. I go as far back as I want and sometimes I use images in the background too; you can tell two stories at the same time and it has a beautiful effect.

Utman: So, you’re coming back to Estevan, this is like coming full circle for you?

Lonechild: Um-hm.

Utman: Then what would you like the people of Estevan to know about this collection of work?

Lonechild: I came back to Estevan because a lot of people haven’t seen my work from Estevan; they know about me but they haven’t really seen what I can do now and it is an opportunity to show people what I am doing today.

Lonechild’s brilliant command of colour and storytelling capture the attention of the viewer and provide breathtaking insight. During his Artist Talk, he explained that all of the paintings come to him in his mind’s eye and he blends the colour as he sees them in his head. In his conclusion of his talk, he told the audience “I’ll paint until the end because that’s what I am; an artist.”

Michael Lonechild's work will be temorarily displayed at Art Concepts Custom Framing. Lonechild will be working on some new pieces at the retail gallery on Saturday; the public is welcome to stop by and see the famous artist at work. 

More Local News

New Look for Canadian Dollar in 2019: Will Honour Gay Rights

Joe Wickenhauser is the Executive Director of Moose Jaw PRIDE and the Saskatchewan PRIDE Network. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. To commemorate…

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

Humane Society Receives Big Boost With $5000 Grant

The humane society has recently received a $5000 grant from the Western Financial western community foundation. Angela Prette with the humane society was extremely happy with the amount of the grant…

Bitter Winds Sticking Around

After some balmy temperatures and days to start the new year, more traditional Saskatchewan weather has moved in for the third week of January. Cold days and even colder nights with bitter winds is…

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login