Artistic inspiration happens in different forms so I do mine with lines
Finian Aloysuis Paibomesai (03,16,1954)
Finian is a member of the WhiteFish River First Nation (Manitoulin Island). He came to the Ottawa area in the early 1970’s to study Fine Arts at Algonquin College, University of Ottawa and Ottawa School of Art. At Algonquin College in the Visual Arts Program, he was taught by Fred Maheux, Pat Durr, Sima Vinburg, Lucille Yang, Dale Dunning, Richard Nigro, Rose Marie Swingle and other teachers. After graduating from Algonquin , he attended the University of Ottawa in the Bachelor of Arts ( Fine Arts) was instructed by Richard Gorman, Jim Boyd, Michael Schreyer, Phillip Frye, Richard Simmons.
In his formative years, Finian experimented with a lot of art styles from realism to abstract using oils, acrylic, ink and watercolour.
As his artwork evolved, Finian went to art exhibits by Norval Morriseau and other exhibitions of First Nation Artist. I started experimenting with the style of the Woodland Painters. a native art movement that began in the early nineteen-sixties and has since become one of the important art schools in Canada. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Finian did not have the opportunity to be told stories from elders but by research and reading has filled the void. While Finian's work reflects the black lines of traditional Woodlands art, he embraces his own unique style of embedded images of spirits, human faces and animal forms, transcending physical boundaries to the outer dimensions of the spiritual realm. Working primarily with acrylic on canvas, Ink on paper and water colour, Finian is known in the region for his innovative representation of an interconnected world based in the natural environment. In this his work reflects symbolism, realism and abstract imagery. The images tell stories, represent ancient teachings of his people and remind those who gaze on the work, we are all connected to each other and the natural world.
Stories for the First Nations People have always been a major tool of cultural transmission, holding the history, values, beliefs and spirituality of the people. Through their paintings, First Nation Artists transcends the verbal storytelling history of their People that enters into the realm of visual arts. In this, First Nation Artist hope their work will resonate and awaken an awareness that is at once exciting and empowering, a way for all people to understand an Aboriginal world view. Within this context, story telling through colour and imagery, First Nation Artist’s work will contribute to cultural revitalization, an awakening that continues to gather strength among the people to express and share the experience of being in and with the world, not masters of it.
“Artistic inspiration happens in different forms, so I do mine with lines …”
My artwork is developed through a mental visual image which is then sketched to a flat surface such as paper, canvas or masonite board. The process is started with a line that traces out the outline of a perceived image. The image is then filled using lines (eg. brush strokes loaded with paint). Even if there is a form of controlled application of the medium, each piece changes and evolves with selection of lines and color as it is being produced. The finished composition is accompanied with vivid colors, abstract marks, spots, swirls and strokes, this is where the viewer is drawn into a contemplative space of the real and spiritual world.
Steps in the use of lines: (1) Visualizing the image. (2) Initial layout on the surface. (3) Application of the media. (4) Signing of the art piece.
In the 1980’s, Finian and his wife Lynn moved from Ottawa to South Gower, a rural setting to develop and nurture his distinctive art style. Like many artist, Finian has worked as a labourer, cartographer, graphic artist and web master. Other business venues have been added to his services: Signs and decal production and large format printing, Broker for promotional products and wear apparel.
University of Ottawa Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) (1976 1978)
Algonquin College Visual and Creative Arts Certificate (1973 1975)
2012 May- July: Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
2011 December: Brockville Art Centre, Brockville,Ontario
2011 May-August: Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford. Ontario
2010 October 1 - 30 Brockville Art Centre, Brockville Ontario
2010: August 1 - 21 : Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
2010: May 21 - July 21: Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford Ontario
2010: February 1 - 28 The Branch Restaurant and Gallery, Kemptville, Ontario
2009: No Planned Exhibitions
2008: The Branch Restaurant & Gallery, Kemptville, Ontario - May 2008
2007: The Branch Restaurant & Gallery, Kemptville, Ontario - January 2007
2006: The Branch Restaurant & Gallery, Kemptville, Ontario - December 2006
2005: Amanda's Slip Restaurant Gallery, Kemptville, Ontario - November - December 2005
2004: Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario - First Nations Art 2004
2004: Amanda's Slip Restaurant & Gallery, Kemptville, Ontario - May 1 to 31
1999 to 2002 : North Grenville Arts Guild (Various Locations: Amanda’s Slip Restaurant & Gallery, Brockville Arts Centre, Brockville Municipal Buildings, North Grenville Municipal Buildings.
1997: Merrickville Village Studio and Gallery
1995 to 1998: Museum of Nature - Ottawa
1995: OPEC Meeting, Montreal
1984 to 1990: Kemptville & District Art Association
1978 to 1984 : Ottawa Art Association