Lorne Julien: Healing Journey
Lorne Julien and The Colour of Healing
August 6 – September 17, 2022
Opening Reception & Ceremony: August 6, 2022, 12-2 pm
ARTSPLACE Gallery, Annapolis Royal
Bright, bold colours are part of the healing therapy that Lorne Alexander Julien, a proud Mi’kmaw artist and member of Millbrook First Nation, Nova Scotia is set to bring to ARTSPLACE Gallery in Annapolis Royal. Julien specializes in contemporary, Indigenous, acrylic paintings and murals.
Beginning with pencil sketches as a young child, Julien is a self-taught artist. Lorne believes simplicity is beautiful, he specializes in rich, vibrant colours, finding inspiration in his visions and dreams.
“I like to think of my art, too, as colour therapy. Different colours may have different meanings to me, but I think using a lot of bright, vivid colours also lifts people’s spirits at the same time,” Julien says.
“Warrior on the Hill” (Sma’knis) is Julien’s Mi’kmaw name, given to him in his youth when he learned about the spiritual way of his people. Julien’s artwork is itself a form of prayer, providing healing for the artist and the opportunity to bring healing to the world.
“My intention is to inspire hope and balance within the universe,” Julien says.
“We are so excited to be showcasing Lorne’s art with the community in the main gallery at ARTSPLACE. Lorne’s powerful and colourful images are definitely something to be experienced in person,” said Ted Lind, ARTSPLACE Program Committee Member.
Julien creates murals in schools, institutions and public spaces in an effort to create safe spaces that are inclusive, respectful and honour Canada’s Indigenous People. He has created murals in Kentville, Bible Hill, Annapolis Royal and Halifax and believes that incorporating Indigenous art in public spaces is a simple act of reconciliation and moving forward in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.
Lorne Julien’s “Healing Journey” opens Sat. August 6, 2022 from 12-2 pm with an opening ceremony at 12:30 that includes drumming, singing, and smudging conducted by Wanda Finigan from Bear River First Nation (L’sitkuk). Light refreshments served, all welcome. “Healing Journey” continues through Sept. 17.
Lorne Alexander Julien is a proud Mi’kmaw artist and member of Millbrook First Nation, Nova Scotia. He believes that incorporating Indigenous art in public spaces is a simple act of reconciliation and moving forward in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.
ARTSPLACE is a public Art Gallery that is operated by the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, a registered non-profit, charitable, community organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the arts. Supported through the Province of Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.
ARTSPLACE Gallery is located at 396 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
For more information please contact:
Sophie Paskins / Ted Lind