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Randy Trudeau

Among the Second Wave of Woodland Artists

1954 - 2013

Randy Trudeau is an Odawa-Ojibwe artist and was one of the young teenagers who participated in the Manitou Arts Foundation summer workshop on Shreiber Island in 1966. The camp had been organized by Tom Peltier and taught by Daphne Odjig and Carl Ray as part of their committment to introduce native youth to the possibility of an arts career.

Randy was also inspired to paint by Francis Kagige's illustrations for Tales of Nokomis by Patronella Johnston.

And in the anishnabemowin tradition was also a story teller.

Trudeau attended summer programs at Laurentian University, Sudbury, and was a cultural assistant at Wikwemikong schools for two years.

His lyrical artistic style is distinguished by tonal form lines in four parallel bands of colour and he has his own unique method of depicting spirit beings.

As time passed Randy turned to construction to feed his family.  He was a contractor and a heavy equipment operator. 

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