First Name: Randolph
Last Name: Trudeau
Full Name: Randolph (Randy) Clement Trudeau
Date of birth: 1955
Place of birth: Curve Lake Reserve, north of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Date of death: 2013
Place of death: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Community / Heritage: Odawa-Ojibwe
Art Media: Acrylic, wood burner.
Randolph (Randy) Clement Trudeau was an Odawa-Ojibwe artist. Trudeau was born in 1954 on the Curve Lake Reserve, Ontario. He is the brother of artist Norman Knott.
Trudeau was raised in Buzwah, Ontario by his grandparents, who followed a traditional way of life.
Trudeau attended a summer school organized by Tom Peletier, the creator of the Manitou Arts Foundation. The Foundation was formed to encourage young people to consider a career in arts. The school counted Daphne Odjig, Carl Ray and Gerald Dokis among its advisors. Other students who attended the school included Shirley Cheechoo, Blake Debassige, Leland Bell and Martin Panamick. Trudeau also attended summer programs at Laurentian University, Sudbury, and was a cultural assistant at the Wikwemikong schools for two years.
Trudeau was influenced by the style of Norval Morrisseau, the founder of the Woodland School of Art, while also incorporating Western techniques into his work. His work showcases the culture, life and traditions of Indigenous people.
To provide for his family, Trudeau spent part of his life working as a contractor and heavy equipment operator. From 1994 to 2000, Randy taught Native symbolism in a variety of schools across Ontario. He was an active community member, and donated numerous artworks to fundraising and anti-poverty organizations.
Trudeau’s art was featured in the “Visions of Our Native American Heritage” book by Jay and Georgette Stock. His works were shown worldwide and are represented in major national collections.
|Title||Last Sold At Auction|
|MEDICINE MAN SINGS TO THE GREAT SPIRIT||2007-09 (September 2007)|
|THE DREAM OF THE THUNDERBIRD SPIRIT WITH THE SPIRITS||2015-03 (March 2015)|
|THE DRUMMER SINGS A SPECIAL SONG FOR THE SPIRITS AND VEIL THEIR PRESENTS||2020-07 (July 2020)|
|THE PORCUPINE'S MATING IS IN THE LATE FALL, FOR THE NEW ONE'S IN THE SPRING||2020-10 (October 2020)|
|THE YOUNG WARRIOR AND HIS VISION||2011-07 (July 2011)|
|UNTITLED (EAGLE WITH PREY)||2019-01 (January 2019)|
Recent Auction Results
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Sold: Oct 2020 — Sold For: $390
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Sold: Jan 2019 — Sold For: $252
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Sold: Mar 2015 — Sold For: $168
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Sold: Jul 2011 — Sold For: $252
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Sold: Sep 2007 — Sold For: $432