Current Location:
Flat File 01 -> Drawer 1 (FF)
Location Notes:
Print and Drawing Cabinet; Flat File 1, Drawer 1

“The Enlightenment” by Blake Debassige

GVSU Collection
Poster reproduction of original painting
Artworks - Height: 12 in Width: 9.5 in
A human holding objects in each hand looks upward at a bird fling upwards.
Historical Context:
"Blake Randolph Debassige was a leading member of the 'second generation' of Ojibway artists influenced by Norval Morrisseau, often referred to as the 'Woodlands School.' Debassige has succeeded in fusing graphic practices previously expressed in such traditional native media as rock art and birch bark incising with Western traditions of figurations and with modernist pictorial space. His paintings and graphics frequently investigate traditional Anishabek teachings about the nature of cosmic order, the cycles of the seasons, the interdependence of animal, plant and human life and the common principles at work in the world's great spiritual systems. He frequently relates these themes to highly contemporary problems such as the destruction of the environment, the alienation of native youth and family breakdown." -From the Canadian Encyclopedia. This piece was purchased at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Gallery.