Art is my freedom
July 10, 2014 Sitting on a red chair inside the Art Gallery of Alberta holding my new painting in oils 'Frozen Maligne Lake' Jasper National Park. I spent a lot of time inside the AGA drawing, honing my creative skills and rebuilding my confidence to paint again.
1924-2014 art project: Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson traveled from Ontario to Alberta, Jasper to paint. 1924 marked the opening of the (AGA) Art Gallery of Alberta. July 10, 2014 sketch study/ 2020 freedom to Express & Listen
2020-07-10 My wife Sarah posted this on Facebook 7 years ago today saying 'This is you sweetie' I have found a freedom that cannot be bought or sold and that's my freedom to create art and share my art with others. I may be hard pressed to sell my paintings for risk of losing my hard fought freedom, 32 days protesting both Provincial and Municipal Governments. The last painting I sold was December 2015, a mountain scene I painted on location inside Jasper National park on a frozen Maligne Lake. The Alberta Government tried banning me from freely expressing myself with art 3 times the following year 2016 Fire and Rain art project and was threatened police action from the city of Edmonton manager for showing a single painting of the Fort McMurray wildfire in front of City Hall on New Years Eve. I've sold one painting since 'freedom Flowers' to a cafe owner $30, I used later to buy artist supplies when money was tight.
“Two things form the bedrock of any open society — freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country." - Salman Rushdie. Freely expressing art outdoors in the streets & public squares of Edmonton since March 30, 2015
Active Citizenship, Free News Sharing & Social Artistry. Doug Brinkman. Home page.
Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed--and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. John F. Kennedy. Kennedy often refeired to by the initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba.
The Alberta Legislature has no dome.
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it. Ernst Fischer. Fischer was a Bohemian-born Austrian journalist, writer and politician.Wikipedia
Art is the beginning of vision into the realm of eternal life. - Lawren Harris. Harris best known as a member of the Group of Seven who pioneered a distinctly Canadian painting style in the early twentieth century. A. Y. Jackson has been quoted as saying that Harris provided the stimulus for the Group of Seven. During the 1920s, Harris' works became more abstract and simplified, especially his stark landscapes of the Canadian north and Arctic. He also stopped signing and dating his works so that people would judge his works on their own merit and not by the artist or when they were painted. Wikipedia
Intuitive, outsider art
Trouble maker, the coming storm 2017-2019.
From the Alberta Legislature grounds 'Trouble maker, the coming storm' by Doug Brinkman, 20"x16" Acrylic. Painted easterly by the rose gardens outside NDP Premier Rachel Notley's office in the fall of 2017. Completed northerly from UCP Premier Jason Kenney's offices by the tobacco gardens summer 2019. The Projects: 2017 Not a bystander art project: Anger Violence and Bullying. 2019 More Circles than Squares art project: Alberta Environment, Social and Political Climate Extremes.
January 2016, next to the Edmonton City Hall ice rink, painting my first of 24 Fire and Rain art project paintings. 2016 Fire and Rain art project was banned 3 times by Alberta Government officials and threatened police action by a City of Edmonton Manager on new years eve in front of City Hall.
If critics say your work stinks it's because they want it to stink and they can make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered "dangerous" but set in place in their compartmental understandings.― Jack Kerouac. Kerouac is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Wikipedia
2016 Fire and Rain Circles and Squares by Doug Brinkman. Humans, Next generation of fossil fuels.
"Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mothers womb is a circle... I don't believe we should be living in these squares." - Edmonton River Valley, Chief No Tribe, September 13, 2016.
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Be positive. The role of art is to inspire hope and find solutions. It should be used for healing. 2017 Not a Bystander art project survey. Main Gallery