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Past Work

Mary Anne Barkhouse

Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in 1961 in Vancouver and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation of British Columbia. A nationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, she comes from a long line of internationally recognized Northwest Coast artists that includes Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. Since 1993 her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States, including the recent solo exhibitions Settlement, currently on display at Rodman Hall, Brock University (2015), and Boreal Baroque, which toured numerous venues across Canada, including Mendel Art Gallery and Stratford Gallery (2005-2009). 

Barkhouse has received multiple awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Her many public art installations in Canada juxtapose animal iconography with place to explore themes ranging from environmental concerns, to the relationship between economic exchange and trade, Aboriginal identity, and social history. Barkhouse often finds inspiration from both traditional and contemporary Indigenous styles, and uses a variety of materials, creating bridges between sculpture, installation, jewellery, and photography. A student of celebrated silversmith Lois Etherington Betteridge, Barkhouse graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art (Toronto, ON) in 1991. She currently lives in the Halliburton Highlands of Ontario. 

Barkhouse’s work can be found in numerous public collections, including:
Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, AB)
Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa, ON)
Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (Gatineau, QC
Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina, SK)
McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, ON)
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON)
Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, ON)
UBC Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver, BC).

She has public art installations at:
Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, QC)
Carleton University (Ottawa, ON); Thunder Bay Art Gallery
McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, ON)
University of Western Ontario (London, ON)
McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinberg, ON)
Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, ON)
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph, ON)
Haliburton Sculpture Forest (Haliburton, ON)
Millennium Walkway (Peterborough, ON).