Mary Anne Barkhouse

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Mary Anne Barkhouse
Born 1961
Vancouver, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian/Kwakwaka'wakw
Education Ontario College of Art, 1991
Known for Sculpture

Mary Anne Barkhouse is a jeweller and sculptor residing in Ontario, Canada. She belongs to the Nimpkish band of the Kwakiutl First Nation.[1]

Early life[edit]

Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1961.[2] She is related to several notable artists from the Kwakwaka'wakw art tradition, including Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and Charlie James.[3] She was a student of metalsmith Lois Betteridge.[3] In the 1980s Barkhouse played bass with the Ottawa, Ontario punk band The Restless Virgins.[4]


Barkhouse's artworks highlight modern environmental and indigenous concerns through the lens of personal and shared histories. Many of her works use animal imagery.[3]

Barkhouse is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Selected works and exhibitions[1][edit]

  • Land Marks, 2014, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Wendy Coburn, Brendan Fernandes, Jerome Havre, Susan Gold, 2014, Art Gallery of Windsor.[5]
  • Reins of Chaos, 2014, Norfolk Arts Centre, Simcoe, Ontario.
  • What is Land Exhibition, 2012, The Tree Museum, Gravenhurst, Ontario.
  • Facing the Animal, 2012, Julie Andreyev, Bill Burns, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Close Encounters: The Next 400 Years, 2011, Group exhibition featuring 33 Indigenous artists from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand (Aoteara), Finland, and Brazil, Plug IN ICA, Winnipeg, Manitoba.[6]
  • Harvest, 2009, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.[7]
  • Boreal Baroque, Mary Anne Barkhouse, 2009, Espanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta.
  • Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design, 2008, Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Sovereign, 2007, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.[8]
  • Sanctuary, Mary Anne Barkhouse and Michael Belmore, 2005, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario.
  • Persevere, 2006, bronze on velvet cushion with printed silk map, Government of Ontario Art Collection, Archives of Ontario.
  • 'namaxsala (Kwakwala, "to travel in a boat together") (2013) Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec.[9]
  • Lichen (1999-2002), McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Vaughan, Ontario; (2002-) Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario. In collaboration with Ojibway artist Michael Belmore.[10]
  • Covenant (2012) McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.[11]
  • Harvest (2009) “The Muhheakantuck in Focus.” Wave Hill, New York City, New York.[12]
  • Early Morning Wolf Stretching Exercises (1993) "Multiplicity: A New Cultural Strategy." Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Mary Anne Barkhouse". Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Hill, Greg A.; Hopkins, Candice; Lalonde, Christine (2013). Sakahan: International Indigenous Art. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada. p. 155. ISBN 978-0-88884-912-0. 
  3. ^ a b c d Dysart, Jennifer; Bob, Tanya; Barkhouse, Mary Anne (2012). Old Punk Rockers Never Die, They Just Do Installation Art (PDF). Vancouver, B.C.: University of British Columbia. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Warnica, Richard. "Acorn as Art; an Arresting Public Sculpture Features Four Squirrels Worshipping a Giant Nut." National Post: Jun 20 2015. ProQuest. Web. 23 Sep. 2015
  5. ^ Galleries & museums. (2014, Apr 15). Windsor Star. Retrieved from
  6. ^ Garneau, David. "Traditional Futures." Border Crossings 30.2 (2011): 72-78. Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 23 Sept. 2015
  7. ^ Harvest, National Gallery of Canada
  8. ^ Sovereign, National Gallery of Canada
  9. ^ Simpson, Peter (13 September 2013). "Mary Anne Barkhouse’s brilliant copper canoe, now at the Museum of Civilization". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Kerstin Knopf (2008). Aboriginal Canada Revisited. University of Ottawa Press. pp. 171–172. ISBN 978-0-7766-0679-8. 
  11. ^ "New Public Art: Mary Anne Barkhouse sculpture". McMaster Museum of Art Blog. McMaster University Museum of Art. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Genocchio, Benjamin (3 September 2009). "The River’s Meaning to Indians, Before and After Hudson". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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