Adrian Stimson is a Blackfoot artist based in Siksika First Nation in southern Alberta. As a visual artist he straddles multiple mediums. Adrian’s paintings of bison “are are melancholic, memorializing, and sometimes whimsical” evoking “ideas cultural fragility, resilience and nostalgia.” Also known by his alter-egos (Buffalo Boy, The Shaman Exterminator) his performance art “looks at identity construction, specifically the hybridization of the Indian, the cowboy, the shaman and Two Spirit being.”

Adrian has built a solid portfolio of public art installations that can be viewed across Canada. Recently short-listed for the National Monument for the Mission in Afghanistan, his service in the Canadian Armed Forces threads into his work and has included a residency with the Canadian Forces Artist Program in 2010 in Afghanistan.

He has received many awards for his work including the Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2018, REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award –Hnatyshyn Foundation 2017 as well as awarded Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003.

In 2017 Adrian collaborated with Canadian artist AA Bronson (General Idea) for Bronson’s A Public Apology to the Siksika Nation, a poignant work on Reconcilatioini that included both performance and installation elements.

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