About the Artist
Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. He was educated at the University of Alberta, receiving a Bachelor of Native Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Duane attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, USA, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video.
He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Family Business Gallery in New York City, the Power Plant in Toronto and a recent collaboration with Tanya Lukin Linklater at MOCCA Toronto.
His collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, Modest Livelihood, was originally presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre in collaboration with dOCUMENTA (13) with subsequent exhibitions of this work at the Logan Centre Gallery at the University of Chicago (curated by Monika Szewcyyk), Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver and at the Art Gallery of Ontario (curated by Kitty Scott).
About The Work
“Jesse Ed Davis is a Comanche/Kiowa musician born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1944. He was involved in many projects as a sideman and as a supporting guitarist with Taj Mahal, John Lennon, and George Harrison among others. He tragically died June 22, 1988. He released three solo albums, the first of which is represented in this artwork. The cover image of this record is a painting credited to Jesse Edwin Davis II (his father), with cover concept and design by Jesse Edwin Davis III. On the song “Washita Love Child”, the third song on the record, the lyrics are as follows:
mom said to son
what about your school books?
thinking what about the draft?
daddy said honey don’t you worry about this boy
he’s headed somewhere
got a guitar and a van to ride
This record features many important contributors such as Eric Clapton (who plays a solo on “Washita Love Child”), Gram Parsons, and Leon Russell, amongst others. It is also notable that Jesse himself arranged and produced this record and also appears on guitar, keyboards and vocals.”
— Duane Linklater