David Wilson Sookinakin
Satellite Space at the Kelowna International Airport
March 13 to January 2020
David Wilson, Great Blue Heron Dance, acrylic on canvas.
In his combination of linear forms and vibrant colours, David Wilson creates circular compositions that draw from the symbols and stories of his Okanagan First Nations heritage. Exploring traditional narratives and using pictographs based on those found on sites in the Okanagan region, he reinterprets the stories of his people. In this series, the story of water’s social life—from the rain of the clouds, through snowy peaks of mountains, to Spotted Lake where it evaporates—is told in images.
David Wilson was born and raised in the Vernon area and is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band. He learned Native art forms from Coastal Salish and Haida Artists in Vancouver, and eventually drew inspiration from his connection to the Okanagan Nation.
Wednesday, April 3, 12 to 1 pm
David Wilson Sookinakin will share the story of his life and journey as a Syilx artist. He will also speak about his current installation, Water Travels a Cycle. This talk is free and open to the public.