“Acclaimed Ojibwe artist Jim Denomie – whose ‘metaphorical surrealism’ works examined historical and contemporary events – died March 1 after a short battle with cancer. He was 66.”S. H. Schulman, ICT, Mar 3 2022
“An active artist until the end, he participated in Miami Art Week in December 2021 with a solo exhibit at Untitled Art Fair, and was in a group show of Indigenous artists that closed in late February in Los Angeles at Various Small Fires Gallery.
‘Jim was undoubtedly one of the most important painters of his generation, offering a powerful and unmatched vision, one both deeply expressive of his Indigenous roots and compelling for art and non-art viewers alike,’ said Todd Bockley, owner of the Bockley Gallery, which has represented Denomie since 2007.
‘But it’s his generosity of spirit, his tireless support for artists, and his kindness to all that I’ll miss most.’
Noted one fan on Twitter, ‘The Native art world is losing one of it’s greats as Jim Denomie starts his journey. His work has always been such an inspiration—politically pointed, often funny, layered…so Ojibwe.’
Born July 6, 1955, Denomie was a citizen of the Lac Courte Orielles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.
He lived on the reservation until he was four, when his family moved to Chicago as part of forced government relocation programs in the 1960s…As a youth, Denomie struggled with the pressures of racism and stereotypes. While attending the University of Minnesota he became involved with the American Indian student organization, engaging in Native art, culture, politics, and language.
He traveled and exhibited widely across the United States and around the world, most notably Brazil and New Zealand… Denomie’s works had been shown in more than 130 exhibitions throughout the U.S. and internationally…He died at his home in Franconia, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, writer Diane Wilson; daughters Cheryl Lane and Sheila Umland; son Cody Cyson; step-daughter Jodi Bean; and his mother, Pamelia Almquist.”