Thursday, 23 June 2022

Free Press, Citizen Doug, 67, Painter of 9 Social Art Projects since 2013

2020 Freedom to Express & LISTEN art project
The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear Toque of Alberta
9 Intuitive art projects completed since 2013 after 13 years of not painting. 9 Afghan boys gathering firewood, 2014 Return to Maligne Lake 1924, 2015 The Judge and the Poet, We First Nations, Metis, and Inuit, 2016 Fire and Rain art project focus on Alberta wildfires and floods, 2017 Not a Bystander art project focus of Anger, Violence & Bullying, 2018 The Status versus Motion art project focus on Citizen Free Press versus the Corporate News Media, 2019 More Circles than Squares art project focus on Environmental, Social and Political Climate Extremes', 2020 Freedom to Express & Listen art project featuring The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear designer T-shirts, Baseball Caps and Toques of Alberta, 2021 The Misty HeART project focus on Humanity & Legacy. 2022 Art is my freedom.

 9 Art Projects

9 Afghan Boys gathering firewood, 2013 
 2021, Misty HeART Project

"Freedom is important, especially today"-B.K., "True North Strong and FREE, a line straight from our anthem"- E.K., "Escape is freedom from judgmental civilians who should mind their own business - and help those /encourage them who try to get a happy lifestyle..." -A.C.R.L.W.-B, "Freedom is Honesty, Being Honest is Love"-C, "Free The Art"-W.C., "Freedom is our right. In any form express it with art. If art was a crime Leonardo would have been doing the time"-E.B., "Sovereignty is Freedom"- Dene Warrior, "Edmonton Ward 7 candidate"-S.P., "Lets make Edmonton the City of Art and Imagination"-D, Art is Expression, Freedom is Art"-V, "Keep Fighting to Speak your Piece"-N.R., "Freedom is my right as a human being..." - C.A., "Freedom, Art and Honesty"-M.M., "If freedom is the child, then understanding is the mother and determination is the father"- R.K.A., "Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us"- Kevan Lyons “Poet of Churchill Square”. "Art is Freedom"- Love A.L., "自由" S.L., "Fight the power, art is freedom" - K.C., "Art is freedom"- A.A., "Freedom, art and honesty"- M.M., "Freedom is a Right" - M.O.S., "Freedom for All Canadians"- G.W. Edmonton Ward 10 candidate, "The choice is ours", "To be who we want to be"-J.U., "Freedom seems almost unachievable", "Live your life how you want to, with love in your heart" -J, "We stand together" - V, "Art is Freedom" - Doug Brinkman


1993, Two Indigenous girls on a rock

Gift of Art to Janet Blonde, with a message on the painter's frame from Mel Hurtig. 

I started expressing my creative self as a kid with a box of crayons on my parents' basement walls and inside the pages of my grandfather's leather-bound encyclopedia collection. So my parents began to supply me with a steady stream of paper and pencils with which to draw and expand my creativity. In secondary school, I studied commercial art and printing and took extra courses to learn photography and produce short video features. In my twenties I learned to fly, earning a private pilot's license, and moved to Edmonton from Toronto. In my 40s I hiked the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island 3 times and once to the Rose Spit on Haida Gwaii Island. Living in Edmonton I continued a career as a graphic arts craftsman operating mostly Goss high-speed web offset newspaper printing presses, first for the Edmonton and Toronto Suns and finally with the Edmonton Journal (Video). I volunteered at Walterdale Community Theatre, painting sets and doing public relations. I was laid off from my newspaper job in 2013 after 42 years and attempted to start a business Hawkeyi Media Inc with a grant from Alberta Works. It failed after losses, so I retired I now work freely as a social artist and citizen news activist now in my 15th year.

March 20, 2015, First outdoor art show and tell featuring the Judge and the Poet, We First Nations, Metis, and Inuit where I focused my citizen news camera & canvas on Indigenous Residential Schools, one year after the Truth & Reconciliation, Alberta National Event. 

 June 2022, The Grindstone and Icebox

2022-06-16 On Location, Strathcona Edmonton, Alberta, The south end of the High-Level bridge, railway, pathways, wooden staircases, and wildlife. Above, blue skies, golden sunshine and trolly car wires to add.
Sarah points to where she spotted a coyote walking by.

Alberta Legislature grounds Quickdraw & CorelDRAW graphics of Zack’s proposal for a Greener more than Concrete, Safer & Open to All.

2022-06-21 National Indigenous Peoples Day. After spending some quality time with my wife Sarah on summer solstice day, enjoying the river valley trails and what would be my last day with my indigenous drum. I used the drum to raise awareness over the past 3 years, on various issues relating to Aboriginal Veterans, Murdered and Missing Indigenous women and girls, and residential schools.
I would play the drum, sometimes sing, and dance in circles at various Edmonton locations such as the Alberta Legislature grounds, in front of City Hall, and the Art Gallery of Alberta. I once drummed for 2 weeks in front of the Federal Building next to the Alberta Legislature in protest of an ATM machine plugged into the floor inches away from the Indigenous Red Dress. The Government removed the ATM elsewhere.

Today on the trail I soon met the former Alberta Liberal leader Dr. Raj Sherman and I immediately knew in my heart it was time to pass my drum on to the good doctor for his public service in office. I told Raj that maybe one day he too might pass this drum on to someone most deserving who would make good use of the indigenous drum.

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