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Buffy Sainte-Marie art exhibit at Gurevich Fine Art

Buffy’s Sixteen Million Colours: “The reality of the situation is that we are not all dead and stuffed in some museum with the dinosaurs: we are here in the digital age. To me, a Macintosh is a natural and easy to learn tool, and it belongs in the hands of our beadworkers and powwow singers, our linguists, our historians.” – Buffy Sainte-Marie

The work of Buffy Sainte-Marie echoes the love of experimentation displayed in her celebrated career as musician, activist, educator and digital artist. Sainte-Marie’s visual work is multilayered, technically and conceptually: the outcome is an unexpected display of images at once traditional and futuristic.

As an artist, Sainte-Marie has been working in the digital realm since 1984. Constant travel prevented Sainte-Marie from working within a sedentary studio so she created a virtual studio in the form of a MacPaint program on a tiny 128K computer. Currently Sainte-Marie works back and forth between a wet studio and a digital one where each piece experiences various techniques and processes before completion. The result is work that beautifully balances the hyper-reality of the digital image with the intimacy of the artist’s hand.

In her work, Sainte-Marie creates a sensory experience of color. The faces and hands of her subjects peer out from a background jungle of neon rainbows. She pairs an abstract, ecstatic vibrancy against classic portraits that is simultaneously serious and psychedelic.

The arrangement and choices of color form a unique sensuality in the collection. Each image evokes a myriad of ideas and techniques; Native American identity, mysticism, and history are illuminated with an enormous array of color and texture. Traditional subjects such as a young warrior, elders, and a mythical trickster known as Wesakechak combined with multimedia design creates a thread between historical and contemporary native culture. The viewer can see the influence of beadwork in the scattered pixels of electric color lying flat on the surface of the print.

Within Sainte-Marie’s virtual world wild cats and teepee villages stand alongside Hawaiian hula dancers and dolphins in the intersection between black light posters and impressionism. Sainte-Marie has the ability to straddle unlikely genres and blend them harmoniously; the image contains enormous activity, but it is never overwhelmed. In content and material Sainte-Marie weaves seamlessly from one aesthetic to the next; the tropics and the prairies, history and nostalgia, forming a picture of the natural and the unnatural.

October 12-27, 2012
– Jessica Evans
http://gurevichfineart.com/exhibitions

Buffy Sainte-Marie biography by Blair Stonechild

bsm-biographyBuffy Sainte-Marie: It’s My Way
by Blair Stonechild, Ph.D
Fifth House Publishers | Sept 30, 2012 | Purchase Paperback

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a symbol of the free expression movement of the 1960s and her powerful songs inspired countless people seeking hope and change. Her life has been one of transitions; from songwriter to famous intellectually-oriented folk and protest singer, to country and western and rock and roll musician, to social activist, mother, script-writer, actress, digital artist, philanthropist, and educator. Within all these roles, and throughout her incredibly diverse and engaging, though private, life, Buffy Sainte-Marie has cultivated her unique vision for achieving collective beauty and purpose in the often lonely world of global concert touring.

In this ambitious biography of an international cultural icon, Blair Stonechild seeks to bring together the many facets of a remarkable life, and to develop a sense of the woman behind it all. In doing so, Stonechild (Cree historian and head of Native Studies at First Nations University) also traces some of the tumultuous history of the Cree people, and offers a fascinating, and challenging, view into the impoverished Saskatchewan reserve where Sainte-Marie may have been born, and an exploration of the story and context of a Native culture which Buffy continues to inspire today.

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New TOUR GALLERY photos

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Buffy Sainte-Marie – The Roots of Inspiration

Buffy-FeatureComposing a Dream

I was about three years old when a piano became my toy, and I composed my first song around then. Since it was play for me, I just did it until the song was the way I liked it. I’m still the same way.

Music composition is my passion, or my superhobby, so I get right into it and can’t get it out of my head.

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‘Starwalker’ live performance – video

Live performance of the song Starwalker from the album “Up Where We Belong”.

NEW video – live performance of Cho Cho Fire

Live performance of Cho Cho Fire, from the album “Running for the Drum.”

Reviews & Interviews: Up Where We Belong

lp-upwerebelongScunthorpe Telegraph, London – What’s On magazine
November 2010

“It’s almost 40 years since the Canadian folk singer struck a chord with British audiences with the movie theme Soldier Blue. This set of 15 of her greatest hits is testimony to her never-tiring prowess as a prolific songwriter, peace campaigner and native American heroine. Listen to Universal Soldier and try to disagree.” 9/10

UpBeat: Buffy Sainte-Marie Exclusive
Excerpt from an interview with The Beat magazine, London, November 2010:

“Buffy Sainte-Marie is an international superstar performer, an anti-war and rights icon, and a leading songwriter who has given the world classics like “Up Where We Belong” and “Until It’s Time for You to Go”.

The lists of artists who have covered her songs is a true accolade to her gift to write numbers that so vividly and movingly bring into focus how we can all be touched by subjects like love, war, rights, religion and mysticism.

Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Francoise Hardy, Cher, Joe Cocker and Bobby Darin are a few of the virtual who’s who of the music business who have tapped into her rich catalogue.

For someone who has achieved so much – she also wrote one of the greatest peace anthems ‘Universal Soldier’ – Buffy shows no signs of letting up and still has ambitions to fulfill.

“Yes I do! I wake up in the morning feeling like somebody shot me out of a slingshot! Somehow I’ve got a lot of energy,” Buffy told The Beat by telephone from her home in Hawaii where she has lived for more than 40 years.

Her home underlines how she likes to shun the trappings of stardom and stay close to her Canadian Indian roots.

“I live on a goat farm in the mountains. I’m raising 27 goats and two horses and a kitty cat. Plus I’m on the road with a rock ‘n’ roll band…”

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IN DEPTH: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER

bsm-itsmywayVietnam soldier’s grafitti, mis-identified by Smithsonian Magazine as a “mystery poem”, turns out actually to be from Buffy Sainte-Marie’s song Universal Soldier.

In 1967, a young G.I. was lying on his bunk on a troop carrier headed to Vietnam. On the canvas bottom of the bunk above him, he carefully wrote a few lines of free verse in Morse code. That piece of canvas was donated along with a few others to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where a historian was studying wartime graffiti.

You’re the one who must decide
Who’s to live and who’s to die
You’re the one who gives his body
As a weapon of the war – And without you all this killing can’t go on.

The historian published the “mystery poem” in the Smithsonian magazine. It prompted hundreds of letters, more than any other the editors had received on any other article. They were mostly from Vietnam vets. Some were scolding. Every one pointed out that the mystery poem was actually an extract from Buffy Sainte-Marie’s classic song, Universal Soldier.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie to play Canada’s Walk of Fame

Canada’s Walk of Fame introduces a four-day festival of music, comedy and film, featuring some of Canada’s most iconic performers. Headlining the weekend’s festivities are internationally acclaimed artists Buffy Sainte-Marie, Burton Cummings, and Paul Anka. In total, the festival will announce over 50 performances including a spotlight on 26 emerging artists. The festival will be held at select locations in Toronto October 14 – 17 (catch Buffy on Saturday, October 16 at the Elgin Theatre). Tickets on sale now!

http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com/

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