Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Whitehorse, Yukon

Dr. Ukjese van Kampen

2018 Shakaat Artist-in-Residence

Dr. Ukjese van Kampen is a former Canadian Airborne Commando, Combat Engineer in the United States Marines, Yukon bush pilot, curator and a life-long artist. His art has been exhibited in about 100 art exhibitions worldwide, over half of those one or two person shows. His art can be found in places such as the Museum Five Continents, Munich; Finnish National Cultural Museum, Helsinki; Burke Museum, Seattle; Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg; the Roman Catholic Church Collection, Rome; the Indian Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario as well as a number of other institutes and private collections in Canada, USA, Japan, Australia & Europe. In media coverage in 1993 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation made a TV show about Ukjese in ‘Ukjese’ Artist and Man of Action”. There have been a number of magazine articles about Ukjese’s art such as in the Indian American Art magazine, winter 2008 issue, the German magazine, Coyote, spring 2001 issue & the Australian publication COMA February 1996 issue. Ukjese has a BFA, MA in Cultural Studies and a PhD in the History of Yukon First Nations Art and is working on a 2nd PhD in Art & Design at Lapland University in Finland. Ukjese is Northern Tutchone, Wolf Clan and a member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.

Drawing and Painting the Early Yukon First Nation Floral Beaded Designs
with Dr. Ukjese van Kampen

Sunday, August 12
10:00am – 4:00pm
$40 per person
Youth and Elder Rates Available

This 1 day workshop will start by tracing the origins of the Upper Yukon River floral beading style that was adopted by Yukon First Nations people maybe sometime around the 1860s. This will be a PowerPoint presentation lasting approximately an hour. The presentation will link the early Upper Yukon River style with the Cree and Metis Hudson’s Bay workers style from the 1840s-1850s Fort Yukon trading post, then on to the Cree Metis style from Manitoba, to the First Nations styles around the Great Lakes, to the Ursuline Sisters floral embroidery style that they brought with them from France in 1639. Other regional floral designs will also be described and the factors that resulted in style changes will be explained in why the old styles are no longer created.

The remaining morning will be spent with the participants drawing various floral motifs that make up the Upper Yukon River style. This exercise will allow the participant to understand how the various motifs are combined to create the overall style.

For the afternoon the participants will create a painting of a floral design they have drawn. This will be painted on a canvas and with acrylic paints. At the end of the workshop the participants will have a solid understanding of where the early Upper Yukon River style beading originated from and how it later changed.

Refreshments will be provided.

Pre-Registration is required. To register please call:
Jennifer Heffernan
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
(867) 456-5322 ext. 103