Neubacher Shor Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the latest works from artist Andrew Dexel. Inspired by recent travels to Brazil and Arizona, the works in Nooaitch broaden the scope of Dexel's practice from the production of art in the Northwest Coast tradition to the creation of works foregrounding the interconnection of art and spirituality of Indigenous communities across North and South America. Dexel's engagement with each region's shamanistic and spiritual traditions and his exposure to the colours, forms and symbolism central to their artistic cultures are made manifest in this new collection of paintings. The bold, unconventional colours and abstracted symbolism imbue these works with a strong sense of the creative force behind them. The balance and harmony of various elements in Dexel's compositions are conceived as a form of visual medicine, intended to evoke a sense of peace and feed the spirit. As modern-day interpretations of traditional styles, these works elicit powerful transcultural expressions that speak to changing environments and the contemporary Indigenous experience.
Andrew (Enpaauk) Dexel (born 1982, Canada) is an artist from the Nlakapamux Nation who is known for the innovative fusion of graffiti art and Indigenous symbolism characteristic of his paintings and prints. While exploring themes of urbanity and changing landscapes, his works maintain a profound respect for the traditions and spiritual and supernatural elements that inform their composition. Dexel received his BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and his work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Vancouver, Toronto, Kamloops, Ottawa, Seattle and Honolulu. In 2009, Dexel painted a seven-and-a half-foot fiberglass sculpture for Vancouver's public art project titled "Eagles in the City." Dexel has also contributed artwork to Blood Lines Magazine and was the 2008 recipient of the First Peoples Culture Language and Heritage Fund Prize.