puti kʷala – we are still here

Sheldon Pierre Louis
Satellite Space at the Kelowna International Airport
July 8, 2020 to June 23, 2021

In his painting series puti kʷala – we are still here, interdisciplinary artist Sheldon Pierre Louis creates vibrant portraits that celebrate the beauty of the syilx/Okanagan Nation’s history and culture. 

These colourful multi-layered canvases are rich with intricate filigree patterns and incorporate a mix of traditional and contemporary imagery. In them, we see generational snapshots — a grandfather teaching his granddaughter how to dig, two nieces posing for the camera, and a young girl with her drum.

Sheldon Pierre Louis is a member of the syilx Nation, a Councillor at Okanagan Indian Band, and a community leader whose work is influenced by his ancestral roots. He mentors youth from his own and surrounding communities and takes joy in the mutual inspiration fostered through these collaborations.


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