Featuring the Traditional Works of RUSSELL NOGONASH
An Ojibway from Magnetawan First Nation, Russell was born in Henvey Inlet, Ontario, at the home of his Grandmother in 1956.
In 1979, Russell apprenticed under Isaac Bignell from The Pas, Manitoba, where he first learned the sponge technique of painting and for the next nineteen years he dedicated himself to this form of art. Russell is a self taught artist working with acrylic on canvas, paper, birch bark, fungus and hide, using traditional and contemporary themes.
In 1984, the Manitoba Bison Almni Association
appointed Russell as "1984
Artist of the Year" The Association produced a limited edition
print entitled "GRAZING BUFFALO", to commemorate this
In 1988, Russell was recognized for his artistic
talent when one of his prints was used for the cover of a book
compiled by Native Artist under the title of "art of the ne hiya wak". The
original version had been entitled, 'Medicine
Man Working with Bear Spirits' and was published by The Plains Publishing
Company, Edmonton, Alberta. The book was distributed to schools and
libraries across Canada and was promoted in Japan.
In 1990, The Toronto Native Child and Family
Services commissioned Russell to create the themes for SPIRIT OF THE
CHILDREN l and SPIRIT OF THE CHILDREN ll, which depicts Native families
in search of their children. The same year, one of Russells
paintings was used on the front cover of "Ontario
Pharmacist Magazine" while the Saskatoon Culture Centre produced
a Calendar featuring Russell's art.
In 1997, the Aids Foundation in Minneapolis
commissioned Russell to create a poster for their AIDS Awareness Conference. He
also designed the logo for the Mentorship Program for the Minneapolis
Friendship Centre and the Television Series "THE REZ" used
some of Russell's paintings on the set.
Private collections of Russell's paintings are exhibited at the following locations: