This massive and stunning, original paiting, by Chippewar was on display at our Fast Forward exhibit posed together with a full-sized working replica of the Easy Rider Captain America chopper. The painting juxtaposes two symbols of freedom, past and present, while reminding the viewer of the violation of the Black Hills mountain range.
Jay Soule (Chippewar)
Uneasy Rider, 2019
Acrylic on wood, 48" x 60"
About the Artist
Jay Soule AKA Chippewar is an Indigenous Artist from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabeg) located twenty minutes south west of London, Ontario on the north bank of the Thames River.
Jay creates art under the name Chippewar which represents the hostile relationship that Canada's native people's have with the government of the land they have resided in since their creation. Chippewar is also a reminder of the importance of the traditional warrior role that exists in Indigenous cultures across North America that survives into the present day.
"This is a painting I made for a group show at Birch Contemporary for the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival [Fast Forward exhibit]. The movie Easy Rider reimagined with the landscape of the Black Hills before being desecrated by Mount Rushmore. On top of the horses I made the motorcycles like blueprints, like the idea for motorcycles came from horseback riding...It’s one of my favorite paintings Iv [sic] made in the last five years!"