Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun defies white society and that is an understatement.
This internationally renowned West Coast Salish artist takes on and challenges a white man’s society.
He does it through his thought-provoking paintings.
Head on they tackle the issues of clear cutting, residential school atrocities and the controversial Trans Mountain oil pipeline.
A pipeline being financed by the Trudeau government after the private sector walked away from it .
The private sector walked away from it because of strong anti-pipeline protests by political and environmental groups.
He also is a strong critic of government policies to subjugate aboriginal people under their wills.
He calls it – white man’s colonialism.
The continuation of native reserves through the Indian Act are a blatant example of white man’s colonialism.
He finds it incomprehensible that today aboriginal people are still a ward of the Crown.
He demands they be given Canadian citizenship.
His art stems from his political beliefs that many call too radical with no room for compromise.
His art and can best be summed up through his line – fuck the art form.
He defies conventional Northwest Coast art forms that are long on tradition and deeply held spiritual beliefs.
And he sees a major role for it in today’s society but it just isn’t for him.
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Defies White Society
Yuxweluptun is a West Coast Salish artist from the Tsartlip First Nation on Vancouver Island.
He has had a long career of being a prolific painter – 43 years.
And has been accredited as being the Innovator of Contemporary West Coast Native Art.
Today he is one of the most accomplished artists in Canada and in the world.
His paintings sell for six figures.
They are shown all over the world, in galleries in the United States, Japan, France and Britain.
His show at Vancouver’s prestigious Museum of Anthropology was one of the most successful ever.
A record 3,00 people attended the shows opening night with total attendance reaching almost 140,000 people.
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is active on social media.