Canadian artist Rick Rivet is known for his poetic and expressive paintings inspired by his own rich Metis culture, shamanic traditions and the natural world. In this colourful acrylic abstract portrait, the bright yellow eyes of an owl stare directly at the viewer rendered in blues, grays, black, yellow and green. In indigenous culture, the owl often associated with the afterlife, is viewed as a highly spiritual creature. One of a series.
“Art is a journey of the human spirit through the matter/space/time continuum.” Rick Rivet
Born in Aklavik, Northwest Territories, Rick Rivet’s family lived by trapping, hunting and fishing. He completed his MFA at the U. of Saskatchewan in 1989 and began painting full time. Rivet has been the recipient of over twenty awards, scholarships and bursaries, including a Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, and the Andy Warhol Foundation Fellowship Residency Program for the Heard Museum in Phoenix. His work is in private, corporate, and public collections in Canada and the US.