The paintings that Josh Kendricks displayed at a Toronto gallery last week have a lot of sadness in them. That sadness was a big part of his personal reality at the time the works were created. It also reflected the atmosphere in his community of Neskantaga.
But talk to Kendricks about the art he is creating now and the overwhelming emotion is one of hope.
“These paintings came from my depression, everybody’s depression,” Kendricks said of the three works on display in Toronto. “There are sad faces on most of them. That is the foundation, where I came from.
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