CLASSIC ROCK EXHIBITION
Sacred Fire Productions, is proud to present Riel Benn’s Classic Rock exhibition at the Ashukan Cultural Space. This self-taught artist inspired by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso propose a reflection about Aboriginal issues, representation and positive indigenous cultural models in media and popular culture. The treatment of Aboriginal realities, along with themes of representation and history play a central role in his works.
Classic Rock has never been presented in its entirety; his Montreal show will be a first time. After five years of work, Benn completed the 18 paintings series of the Classic Rock exhibiton. In this series, Riel Benn choses to use popular movement format of “classic” rock from the 1960s and 1970s (classic for having laid the foundations of the current rock) and reinterpreted popular albums covers by bands using a perspective that questions and discusses some Aboriginal issues posed by colonization. The artist uses “Classic Rock” as a stage to show his visions reflecting some of the multifaceted ideas of the contemporary Aboriginal experience in Canada.
Riel Benn is an award-winning artist from the Birdtail Sioux First Nation located in Southwestern Manitoba. He started painting at the age of 16 but it didn’t take long for his career to take off. To date Riel Benn has created over 1000 pieces of artwork and has sold to corporations, universities and private collectors around the world. His works hang as far away as Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Australia. From his home studio on the Birdtail Sioux First Nation, Riel continues to work at what he does best, expressing his life, dreams, ideas, passions and joys on canvases that have become his playground.