Goyce Kakegamic

One of the First Woodland Artists

A painting by Goyce Kakegamic showing stylized images that represent The legend of The Sleeping GiantGoyce Kakegamic - "Legend of Sleeping Giant"

Goyce Kakegamic was born in Sandy Lake, Ontario in 1948. He began painting as a teenager under the guidance of his Ojibwa brother-in-law, Norval Morrisseau, and Cree artist, Carl Ray, after Morrisseau's successful Toronto shows.

Jackson Beardy, Alex Janvier and Daphne Odjig were also mentors.

In the fall of 1973, after learning printmaking techniques at Open Studio in Toronto, Goyce and his brothers Joshim and Henry Kakegamic opened the Triple K Co-operative, a silk screening operation in Red Lake. Their intention was to represent themselves (as well as other native artists like Barry and Paddy Peters, Saul Williams and Norval Morrisseau) on their own terms, rather than being dependant upon the needs and expectations of non-native publishers. Triple K was modelled after one of Daphne Odjig's companies - Indian Prints of Canada Ltd. which she set up in 1970.

Shortly after opening for business Triple K decided to only produce limited edition silk screen prints from drawings not only designed specifically by the artist for the silk screening process but that involved the artist in the actual printing process.

The production of the high quality prints made the new "woodland" imagery affordable and available to prospective buyers across the country.

Goyce was represented in the England/Germany tour of woodland and Indian art in 1970. He and his brother Josh had a major place show at Toronto's Aggregation Gallery in 1974. Since then his work has been exhibited regularly and is represented in the McMichael Collection and the Mohawk Institute in Brantford.

Presently Goyce Kakegamic and his wife Lucy live in Thunder Bay where he works as Education Director for Keewaytinook Okimakanak (the Northern Chiefs) based out of Balmerton Ontario.

He continues to paint and is represented by several Canadian galleries.



Influence of the Indian Group of Seven

Woodlands School Influence

Norval Morrisseau

Other Native Artists

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