Print Design Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas

Print Design Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas

Print Design Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas

Print Design Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas

Print Design Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas

Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas

Print Design

Acclaimed Anishinaabe painter Roy Thomas (1949-2004) is one of Canada’s best loved and most influential Aboriginal artists. So when his retrospective exhibition Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas came to town the folks at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery wanted to create a program that did justice to his exceptional art. So they came to us.

Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas constitutes the first critical examination of Roy Thomas’ artistic œuvre and includes more than 40 works from 1965 to 2002. The retrospective recognizes Roy’s contribution to Anishinaabe painting and the magnitude of his creative vision. The exhibition title encapsulates two recurrent themes in Roy’s work: the visions that shape the fabric of the Ahnisnabae worldview, and the circle, a symbol of inclusion which invites viewers to consider the interconnected richness of Ahnisnabae thought.

This campaign encompassed everything from radio and TV spots, to print ads, to roll-it-ups, to outdoor signage. But in our minds the centrepiece was the exhibit book detailing some the history behind this colourful artist and his even more colourful work. This beautifully hand stitched, hard cover paean to the late, great Roy Thomas is less a program and more a decorative coffee table book. It’s not up there with his paintings, but to us, at least, it’s a work of art.