Contemporary Canadian Art at Alcheringa Gallery

To classify native art from this part of the world as Canadian art can be considered a misnomer, since First Nations art making and habitation predates the inception of Canada by thousands of years. However, for the purposes of description, it is frequently described as such. There are several other terms used as well: First Nations Canadian art, Canadian Native art, or Canadian Aboriginal art among them. It is not appropriate to relegate these art forms to tradition: Canadian First Nations art forms are diverse, thriving, vibrant, and ever-changing, ranging from the deeply traditional to the boldly contemporary.

Here at Alcheringa Gallery, we represent First Nations artists from across Canada and Aboriginal artists from other areas of the Pacific Rim. We are recognized as a leading advocate of pan-Pacific contemporary Aboriginal art, Canadian First Nations art and cultural exchange. From urban centres or remote areas, our artists offer a link to their rich living cultures and a deep, often spiritual connection to place, history and the present.

Our selection of Canadian First Nations and Aboriginal contemporary art includes silkscreen prints, paintings, carvings, sculpture, jewellery, baskets and textiles.

Northwest Coast (First Nations) Canadian Art

Alcheringa Gallery is located in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island, in the heart of Coast Salish territory, neighbouring the territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) and the Nuu-chah-nulth. We represent Northwest Coast artists from all of these groups and also those of Nisga’a, Haida, Tlingit, and Tsimshian origin.

Our artists include those with distinguished, established careers, and those who are emerging. All of them bring their unique ways of continuing tradition and continually pushing boundaries. Works by Robert Davidson, John Marston, Luke Marston, Rande Cook, lessLIE, Richard Sumner, Susan Point, Mark Preston, Richard Hunt, Tony Hunt Jr., and many more are available at Alcheringa Gallery.

Cree and Metis Canadian Art

Cree art and Metis art differ in style from Northwest Coast art due to culture and geography. The Cree territories are in Canada’s prairies and northern woodlands, while Metis territories range across Canada.

Alcheringa Gallery’s Cree artworks include a vibrant and compelling array of etchings, prints, paintings, and mixed-media pieces by artists such as George Littlechild, Michael Robinson, and Val Malesku. Metis artist Rick Rivet is a renowned painter whose works combine personal and cultural histories with shamanic symbolism and a modernist approach, with captivating results.

Alcheringa Gallery is proud to offer Rick Rivet’s works as well.

We invite you to browse our gallery of native Canadian artwork in our online catalogue, learn more about our artists and view our upcoming exhibitions.

If you have any questions about First Nations Canadian art or any other pieces we carry, we’re always happy to hear from you. You can get in touch with us by phone (250.383.8224), by email (alcheringa@islandnet.com) or by filling out our online contact form.

You can also visit us in person at our gallery in downtown Victoria BC