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Russell Nogonash Native ART at The Wahta Station
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 appointment.

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:

Red River College Art Centre.   Alberta Art Umbrella Gallery.   Peterborough, ON
Saskatchewan Indian Federated College.  SK White Mountain Academy.   Elliot Lake, ON
University of Toronto Art Gallery.   Toronto, ON Yorkton Art Council.   Saskatchewan.
Niagara Collage Art Gallery.   Niagara, ON Mohawk Gallery.   Ontario
Doctor Bernard Cinader.   Toronto, ON Doctor Martin Osler.   Toronto, ON
Doctor Lewin.   Toronto, ON Doctor Morgan.   Toronto, ON
The Algonquin Collage.   Ottawa, ON  

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