Toni Onley Gallery ~ January 20th - March 12th, 2017
Clayton Gauthier| The Salmon Run
Exhibition Opening Friday January 20th 7 - 9:00 p.m.
Artist Talk Saturday January 21st ~ 2:00p.m.
“The Salmon Run”, follows a salmon on his journey to return to the spawning grounds. Written and illustrated by Clayton Gauthier, the debut book of this talented artist, storyteller and cultural leader. This book is published by Theytus Books a leading North American publisher of Indigenous voices, located in Syilx territory on the Penticton Indian Reserve.
The Salmon Run was written and illustrated while I was attending the NAPAT program at the En’owkin Centre in the Okanagan territory. The NAPAT program has opened a lot of doors for me as a professional artist. The Creative Writing class CW 150 with our instructor Nicola Campbell was based on studying Indigenous children’s Literature and writing children’s books. One of our assignments was to choose a theme and a write a children’s story. I chose to do this picture book.
The salmon’s journey came to light and I pictured the artwork in my mind before the vision came to life. In this book I wanted everyone to see and feel the salmon journey and to have a better understanding and respect for salmon as they bless us and feed us every year to live a long and healthy life.
Art is in my blood, I have been an artist most my life and am grateful to have the gift of learning, living and sharing. Walking this journey as an artist, I have learned a lot about myself and the art that I produce. Throughout the years, the art is always changing with new insights, challenges and teachings from the world around me. My background is Cree and Dakelh/Carrier and most of the art I do is revolved around our traditional teachings. Throughout this art journey I have completed many logos, murals, drums, rattles, digital art and custom orders that are all revolved around our traditional teachings. I love working closely with the community to share knowledge and learn as much as I can as we move forward together.
The art I produce from my Mind and Spirit will always be with me. I have a unique style of art that has grown in the past 10 years and I have a lot to learn in the future... and I know my art is going to grow as time goes on.
We, the Indigenous people, are as beautiful as our art.
Clayton Gauthier is a Cree/Dakelh artist and a recent graduate from the En’owkin Centre’s National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program (NAPAT), he is currently living in Prince George, B.C.