Archie Beaulieu

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Tli Cho artist, Archie Beaulieu was born and still lives in the community of Behchoko (Fort Rae), on the shores of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories.  As a member of the Tlicho First Nation, Archie considers his art a continuation of his aboriginal culture, passed down to him by his grandmother. "In the old days, Granny would use things provided by the land; berries to make paint, a branch for a paint brush and birch bark as her canvas."  Archie in turn tries to pass down art to the young, including his five children, as a way of recording their cultural heritage.  "I help and encourage them whenever I can", he states.  His wife, Rose, is recognized for her large contribution to Archie's life and art.  On each painting, a wild rose logo always appears beside his signature, in tribute to her.

Beaulieu's images primarily depict the animals of northern Canada and the traditions of the Dene people.  When asked where he gets his ideas for his paintings, Archie replied; "I get a lot of my ideas when I am out on the land.  Sometimes, I even get them from my dreams."  Archie Beaulieu's spiritual, fluid, abstract style of painting has gained him a national and growing international reputation. Over the past twenty five years, his works have been featured and exhibited all over North America, and have won several prestigious awards. His originals can be found in the collections of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II. Paintings and prints have been purchased by members of government, dignitaries, corporations and collectors worldwide.