Clifford Maracle

Clifford Lloyd Maracle (1944–1996) was from the Mohawk Nation, Tyendinaga Reserve near Deseronto, Ontario.  Both a painter and a sculptor, he was best known for his depictions of the plight of urban Indians in the 1970s.  He did not rely on traditional motifs but rather established himself as a leader of a new expressionistic style among First Nations artists. Maracle studied fine art at the Sir George Brown College and obtained an Honours Graduate degree from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Ontario.  Maracle expressed himself as an individual sometimes using identifiable native imagery and sometimes not, making irrelevant the debate of “authentically Indian”.  Maracle moved beyond the notion that all native artists draw their subjects from myth and legends and showed works based on political issues and ideas.  By challenging the stereotypes of “Indian Art”, Maracle found new ways of presenting the political moment by making audiences aware of the complex realities of aboriginal life. His work can be found in the McMichael Canadian Collection of Art, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Woodland Cultural Centre, and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and in private collections. 

An Early Morning Climb
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 24"
circa 1980

Grey Past
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 30"
circa 1980