ABOUT

Rosalie Favell is a distinguished Metis artist with a creative practice that spans over 40 years who has achieved national and international acclaim. Favell has used photography, portraiture, and painting to understand and represent her ancestry and identity in works that have been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Drawing inspiration from her family history and Metis (Red River) heritage, she uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture, to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary Indigenous woman. 

Rosalie explores cultural entanglements, the challenges of representation, and themes of empowerment and identity. Her work focuses on her lived experience as a Metis 2SLGBTQ woman, merging aspects of Metis identity, gender, heritage, and elements of popular culture. As someone who has influenced generations of Indigenous and non-¬¨Indigenous artist, Rosalie is a leading figure in contemporary Indigenous art and photography. 

Over the course of her long career, she has won prestigious awards such as the Paul and/Norman Walford Career Achievement Award, the Karsh Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from UCAD U. Numerous institutions have acquired her artwork including the Indigenous Art Centre (Gatineau), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.).

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