Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun


Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, graduated from the Emily Carr School of Art and Design in 1983 with an honours degree in painting. Yuxweluptun's strategy is to document and promote change in contemporary Indigenous history in large-scale paintings, using Coast Salish cosmology, Northwest Coast formal design elements, and the Western landscape tradition. His painted works explore political, environmental, and cultural issues. His personal and socio-political experiences enhance this practice of documentation. His work Inherent Rights, Vision Rights was the first VR piece to be exhibited by the National Gallery of Canada integrating three dimensional sound and visuals. This project pioneers new techniques for the exhibition of virtual reality (VR) pieces by blending computer-generated 3D sound with figures derived from Lawrence Paul’s paintings. In this installation, the participant explores a sacred ceremony in a traditional West Coast Native Canadian long house. The long house is occupied by music, fire, and spirits, with which the participant may interact.Yuxweluptun's work has been included in numerous international group and solo exhibitions, such as INDIGENA: Contemporary Native Perspectives in 1992. He was the recipient of the Vancouver Institute for the Visual Arts (VIVA) award in 1998.

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