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Clemence Wescoupe

Anishinaabe

(1951-2018)

First Name: Clemence

Last Name: Wescoupe

Full Name: Clemence Wescoupe

Alternative Names: “Ozaa-Bines” which means “Brown Thunderbird”

Date of birth: 1951

Place of birth: Long Plain First Nation Reserve, Manitoba, Canada

Date of death: December 23, 2018

Place of death: Portage la Prairie General Hospital, Manitoba, Canada

Community / Heritage: Saulteaux

Sex: Male

Art Media: Silkscreen, acrylics, oils, screenprints, watercolours, gouache, serigraphs, lithographs.

Bio:

Clemence Wescoupe was a prominent Canadian painter and printmaker. He was born at the Long Plain Reserve in Manitoba in 1951 of Saulteaux background.  His native name was “Ozaa-Bines”, which means “Brown Thunderbird”.

Wescoupe was largely self-taught and began to paint in 1971. He started printmaking after he was inspired by his friends, a group of artists in the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporation, better known as the "Indian Group of Seven". Wescoupe used oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache to create his work, and belongs to the Woodland School of Art.

In the mid-70s, Wescoupe’s first silkscreen prints were published by Robert Checkwitch of Great Grasslands Graphics. “Rainbirds”, made in 1977, was one of the most popular and successful Woodland prints ever created.

Wescoupe died at 67 at the Portage la Prairie General Hospital. 

His works have been exhibited across Canada and Europe, and are part of several public and private collections, including The Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; McCord Museum of Canadian History, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Exhibitions

  • 2003: The Wah-sa Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 2013: “Another View of American Indian Fine Art”. The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Evanston, Illinois, United States
  • 2016: “Post No Bills” at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Alberta, Canada
  • 2017: Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba, Canada
  • Nicholas Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Gallery Phillip, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • The University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Collections

  • The Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • McCord Museum of Canadian History, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • The Market Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Articles

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
LAST FLIGHT 2018-01 (January 2018)
RAIN BIRDS 2010-08 (August 2010)
“LOON - THINKING OF YESTERDAY” 2018-02 (February 2018)
A HELPING PRAYER 2011-07 (July 2011)
BIRD FAMILY 2012-06 (June 2012)
BLACK BEAR 2019-05 (May 2019)
BUFFALO 2007-09 (September 2007)
BUFFALO & SPIRITS 2016-08 (August 2016)
DANCING BIRD 2019-12 (December 2019)
ENCHANTED BIRD 2019-11 (November 2019)
ENCHANTED LOON 2013-08 (August 2013)
HUMMING BIRD 2012-01 (January 2012)
LOOKING BACK; ROOTS OF LIFE 2014-10 (October 2014)
MOTHER BIRD SPRIT 2007-02 (February 2007)
NOT RETURNING 2016-11 (November 2016)
PRAYER TO THE GREAT BUFFALO 2011-12 (December 2011)
PRAYING IN HARMONY 2011-11 (November 2011)
SINGING WATER SPIRIT 2012-02 (February 2012)
SPARROW 2020-03 (March 2020)
SPIRITMAN CALLING BUFFALO SPIRIT 2017-10 (October 2017)
SPIRITUAL SUN BIRDS; MEDICINE TURTLE; SANDPIPER 2016-04 (April 2016)
TODAY’S DANCE 2017-12 (December 2017)
TWO BIRDS 2017-03 (March 2017)
UNANSWERED PRAYERS 2014-06 (June 2014)
UNTITLED (TWO BIRDS) 2017-11 (November 2017)
“FIRST CALL OF MORNING” 2018-01 (January 2018)

Recent Auction Results

SPARROW
Estimate: 150 — 200
Sold: Mar 2020 — Sold For: $216
DANCING BIRD
Estimate: 125 — 175
Sold: Dec 2019 — Sold For: $288
ENCHANTED BIRD
Estimate: 100 — 125
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $96
BLACK BEAR
Estimate: 250 — 350
Sold: May 2019 — Sold For: $570
“LOON - THINKING OF YESTERDAY”
Estimate: 200 — 300
Sold: Feb 2018 — Sold For: $300
“FIRST CALL OF MORNING”
Estimate: 250 — 350
Sold: Jan 2018 — Sold For: $228

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