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Saul Williams

Anishinaabe

(1954)

First Name: Saul

Last Name: Williams

Full Name: Saul Williams

Date of birth: 1954

Place of birth: North Caribou Lake, Ontario, Canada

Community / Heritage: Anishinaabe

Sex: Male

Art Media: Blanket, acrylic, silkscreen, watercolour, charcoal, ink, linocut and lithograph.

Bio:

Saul Williams is a Canadian Indigenous painter and graphic artist. Born in North Caribou Lake, Ontario, Canada in 1954, his family moved to Weagamow Lake to live on the North Caribou Lake First Nation Reserve, where he would become a Band member.

In the summer of 1968, Williams met Dr. Mary Black. Williams and his friends would do chores and translation work for Black. Noticing that Williams was often doodling and sketching, Black purchased tubes of acrylic paint for him and later allowed him to decorate her wall with a stylized raven, paying him five dollars for the piece. This painting is now a part of the Royal Ontario Museum collection.

Williams was largely self-taught. He attended school until grade eight and took art education classes at the Elliot Lake Summer School in 1970. In 1971, Williams held his first show at York University in Toronto. Other exhibitions followed, including those at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (1974, 1976, 1977, 1983); the Oakville Centennial Gallery, Ontario (1974); the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario (1978 and 1979); and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1984). The AGO show was one of the first exhibitions of Indigenous art at the institution.

For the last 30 years, Williams has worked full-time as Education Director at the North Caribou Lake Education Authority. He works closely with parents and the community leadership, he continues to advocate for the inclusion of Indigenous language, traditions, and culture in the curriculum. He still paints but considers it more of a hobby.

Williams' works are held in private and public collections including the Royal Ontario Museum; the McMichael Canadian Art Collection; the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec; New College, University of Toronto; the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Ontario.

Exhibitions

  • 1971: The York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1974: The Oakville Centennial Gallery, Ontario, Canada 1974/1976/1977/1983:The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • 1978/1979: The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario, Canada
  • 1984: The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  • 2009: "Woodland School”. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario, Canada
  • 2017: Anishinaabeg: Art & Power. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Collections

  • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario, Canada
  • The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
  • New College, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
  • The Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada

Articles

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
BIRD TOTEM II 2007-02 (February 2007)
BABY THUNDERBIRDS 2016-01 (January 2016)
CHALLENGE CALL 2016-01 (January 2016)
ENCHANTED LOON 2019-01 (January 2019)
FIRST FLIGHT 2013-06 (June 2013)
HARD TIMES 2019-11 (November 2019)
MUSKRAT AND RAIN 2016-07 (July 2016)
MY LITTLE BROTHER 2015-03 (March 2015)
PELICAN 2015-09 (September 2015)
SCOLDING; WOLVERINE 2012-12 (December 2012)
SUFFERING FATHER; MOM BIRD 2011-01 (January 2011)
UNTITLED (VARIOUS SUBJECTS) 2018-01 (January 2018)

Recent Auction Results

ENCHANTED LOON
Estimate: 300 — 400
Sold: Jan 2019 — Sold For: $390
UNTITLED (VARIOUS SUBJECTS)
Estimate: 125 — 175
Sold: Jan 2018 — Sold For: $84
MUSKRAT AND RAIN
Estimate: 400 — 500
Sold: Jul 2016 — Sold For: $660
BABY THUNDERBIRDS
Estimate: 100 — 150
Sold: Jan 2016 — Sold For: $168
CHALLENGE CALL
Estimate: 100 — 150
Sold: Jan 2016 — Sold For: $108
PELICAN
Estimate: 250 — 350
Sold: Sep 2015 — Sold For: $480

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