Artist Linda Wright expresses her Gwich’in culture and love for nature in her images
(ANNews) – There is a northern gem in the heart of the city. This is Linda Wright of Gwich’in descent, a contemporary realist painter from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, currently residing in Edmonton. The vibrant image on the cover of this month’s Alberta Native News is one of her creations.
This talented artist has developed an interesting, quintessentially Nordic style and flavor that grabs attention almost immediately. His art is attractive and moving, especially if one cares about the environment, the land and nature. She works primarily in acrylic on canvas, using flashes of vibrant color, accented by curvilinear lines and subjects that range from northern wildlife, people, land, and more. Much more!
“My works are strongly influenced by the beauty of nature,” explains Wright. “My beliefs and values are firmly anchored in the arctic land where my family comes from. Through my art, I intend to develop a sense of appreciation for the North and provide insight into the oral traditions of Gwich’in storytelling. I use curvilinear lines and bright colors to create unique Nordic landscapes. With iconic Nordic animals and structures as subjects, I like to imagine that they are at the center of some of the most astonishing sights rarely seen. My story highlights the legends and stories of the Gwich’in people and touches on the importance of protecting the environment. My ideas represent my dreams, my culture, my land, my vision and my reality.
Wright pulls the strings of his heart with powerful blows and undulating waves that sweep across horizontal planes and panoramas. Its backdrops are often the magical Northern Lights, those awe-inspiring and electrifying Northern Lights, illuminating cityscapes or landscapes. She also builds a powerful base foundation, often of stone, upon which she plants some of her foliage and animal images that lend themselves to a vision of strength and majesty.
Much of her inspiration is drawn from the stories and legends of the Elders, which she expresses visually.
Linda comes from a family of artists and grew up creating art. When she left school, she enrolled in art classes in Calgary to expand to another level. She returns home and challenges herself by taking courses in graphic design, art and cultural management. She has done archival work and her art has been selected by various art galleries for exhibition, including the Great Northern Arts Festival, the University of Alberta Gallery, the Beaufort Sea Conference and the Art Gallery of Alberta. . She was also the Presenting Artist of the Peace Hills Trust Art Show in 2018 and 2019.
Wright used her time during the pandemic to hone her creative skills while caring for the little ones at home. Her passion for visual storytelling is evident in every piece she creates, expressing a deep appreciation for the North, for Mother Earth and for her Gwich’in culture.
Currently, Wright is part of the I am collective and exhibits his work between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Downtown Farmers Market on 97 Street and 103 Ave in Edmonton. She can be contacted at [email protected]