THE INDIGENOUS GROUP OF SEVEN
We would like to recognize the Indigenous Group of Seven (PNIAI) who in 1974, “formally incorporated as a group to fight for the inclusion of Aboriginal artists in Canadian mainstream galleries and museums.”
The great Daphne Odjig, from Wiikwemkoong First Nation Manitoulin Island, Unceded Indian Reserve, was the sole woman in this group. Other members included: Jackson Beardy’s, Eddy Cobiness, Alex Janvier, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray, and Joseph Sanchez.
Their dedication to their art, their bodies of work and their fight for equality is a great source of inspiration and admiration to us here at M7.
Learn more here.
The ORIGINAL Group of Seven
The Group of Seven officially formed in March of 1920, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They are remembered for their contribution to Canada’s sense of identity through their landscape paintings, inspired by the North. Much has been written about this celebrated group. The following is only a snippet.
Lawren Harris initiated the Group of Seven, along with the following members: A.Y. Jackson, Frank Carmichael, J.E.H. MacDonald, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer and F.H. Varley. Tom Thomspon is an honorary member who died at the age of thirty-nine, before the group formally organized.
The Group of Seven is best known for their oil paintings, north of Toronto, especially in the Algoma region and east of Lake Superior. While their principal purpose was to exhibit paintings together, their reach has become far more significant. Their work is enormously respected, revered and recognized. These paintings help us see and admire the incredible beauty we call home. The Group of Seven’s profound appreciation for the land have inspired generations.
Now, nearly one hundred years later, we are forming our own group:
The Modern Seven (official launch date of March 31st, 2019.)
Even though these seven men were progressive with their art and equitable within their own group— they still did not accept women as official members. Certain women were asked to display their work along side them in various exhibitions, but they were not considered equals.
We would like to acknowledge some of these women here: Prudence Heward, Anne Savage, Sarah Robertson and Marion Scott. Emily Carr is often associated with the Group of Seven but she never received membership.
There is no denying the Group of Seven’s iconic status and their contributions to Canadian Art. We are inspired by their commitment to their artistic profession and their drive to expand the Canadian art scene, as well as their desire to show the nation and the world, the stunning beauty of the North.
We, The Modern Seven are seven professional female artists living in Northern Ontario, representing the landscapes that surround us, through various mediums. We have created a collective, carving out our own place, where we can grow and thrive together.