Jim Denomie was born in Hayward, Wisconsin on July 6, 1955 and is a member of the Lac Court Oreilles Band of Ojibwe. He grew up in Minneapolis, MN since the age of 5 and currently lives and works in Franconia, MN. In 1995 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual arts from the University of Minnesota and since has shown in over 130 exhibitions throughout the U.S. and internationally. Primarily a painter, he also works in printmaking, photography, ink drawings and found object sculpture. His narrative paintings focus mainly on political, social, cultural and personal events (both current and historical) pertaining to Native American issues and his personal identity. His most recent body of political work (2018-19) documented the North Dakota Access Pipeline protests at the Standing Rock Reservation in 2016. The nine paintings debuted at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, MN in 2019 and a number of then have since or will be exhibited in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mexico City and Vienna, Austria. His intelligent and courageous work has garnered him numerous prestigious fellowships (a Bush Fellowship, McKnight Fellowships (2) a Joan Mitchell Fellowship, and most recently, a McKnight Distinguished Artist Award (2019) among others. His work is also in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Westphalien Museum of History and Life, the Denver Art Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of Western and American Art as well as many other public and private collections.
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