March 9, 1947|
St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada
|Nationality||Saulteaux First Nations, Canadian|
|Field||oil painting, photography, installation, multimedia art|
|Training||BA, Art History University of Manitoba; BE, Art Education McGill University|
|Works||The Place Where God Lives (1989), Seven in Steel (1989), Kanata (1992)|
Robert Houle (born 1947) is a Saulteaux First Nations artist, curator, critic, and educator. Houle has had an active curatorial and artistic practice since the mid-1970s. He played an important role in bridging the gap between contemporary First Nations artists and the broader Canadian art scene through his writing and involvement in early important high profile exhibitions such as Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 1992). As an artist, Houle has shown both nationally and internationally. He is predominately a painter working in the tradition of Abstraction, yet he has also embraced a pop sensibility by incorporating everyday images and text into his works.
Early life and education
Houle earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Manitoba in 1972. After graduating, he augmented his art training by attending the Salzburg International Summer Academy focusing on painting and drawing. In 1975 he earned his Bachelor of Education degree in Art Education at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
In Canada, he has shown work at the Mendel Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Carleton University Art Gallery, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
His artwork has been collected throughout Canada and in parts of the United States and Australia.
Robert Houle was Curator of Indian Art at the National Museum of Man in Ottawa from 1977 to 1980. He has been a visiting artist at Hood College, Gettysburg College, the Heard Museum, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. For years, he taught as an instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design, from which he is now retired. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
- "Robert Houle." National Gallery of Canada CyberMuse. (retrieved 21 March 2011)
- "Robert Houle", Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art. (retrieved 21 March 2011)
- "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- "Robert Houle Bio", Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, 3 April 2009 (retrieved 21 March 2011)
- Madill, Shirley J. R. Robert Houle: Sovereignty over Subjectivity. Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1992. ISBN 978-0-88915-190-1.
- Robert Houle, Brave Art World