As one of Saskatchewan's most accomplished and respected Cree artists, Michael Lonechild's paintings can be found in corporate, gallery and private collections throughout North America.
Michael Leslie Lonechild was born in October, 1955 and raised on the White Bear Reserve near Carlyle, Saskatchewan. At an early age, Michael developed a great appreciation for the way of life of his people on the reservation and has many detailed memories of this fast disappearing life-style. From these explicit memories, he is able to capture and depict in vivid colour and with great feeling these scenes from days past.
Michael's paintings have a fundamentally realist style with an impressionistic overlay. His use of acrylics, which dry quickly, enable him to accentuate the mood in his art ,,, "My technique is what people like to call the 'overlapping style': I continue to paint over and over the same area in order to build up the mood." ... This style reflects the blending of man with nature which is at the heart of Michael's work.
Seemingly always interested in art, Michael started painting and selling locally for a number of years, during which time his talent and reputation grew substantially. By the early eighties, he was recognized as one of the youngest and fastest rising Cree artists by Dr. John Anson Warner in his book "The Life and Art of the North American Indian." Michael's life and work were also detailed and displayed on a national television show on up and coming artists during the late eighties. A number of very successful one man shows followed, and since then, Michael has had shows all across Canada.
He is honoured to have some of his creations hang in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC as well as in private collections and galleries throughout North America.