Patrick Hunter's (Kewadinaang, North Star) passion for art and community has motivated him to continuously strive to pursue his dreams and empower those around him to do the same.
Hunter was born a two-spirit Ojibway, in the Red Lake District and grew up in the small community of Madsen, in Northwestern Ontario. He attended the graphic design program at Sault College, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and recalls the difficulty and costs of living between these two communities. However, Hunter has always strove to put forth the extra effort to make his art career a success.
Hunter now resides in Toronto, a far cry from his humble beginnings in Madsen. Patrick Hunter is inspired by Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland artists, who came out of Red Lake, as well as Daphne Odjig and members the Native Group of Seven. His formal education introduced him to the Group of Seven, who share connections to the land of Red Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, and Toronto.
Hunter has continued to maintain his connections to Red Lake, returning to educate a new generation of Woodland Artists, with help from partnerships he formed with the Red Lake District High School, and the Wilderness Arts Council to support youth and adult art classes.
In 2013 Patrick was asked by the Economic Club of Canada to address inner city, and Aboriginal youth, about turning your passion into employment. "Be fearless, and be bold enough to take risks," has been Hunter's motto. In August 2014, Hunter took a risk and quit his part-time job to pursue his art career and has never looked back.
Patrick Hunter has also recently begun his own small fashion line of ready to wear clothes. “Creating wearable, affordable art has always been on my “to-do” list and it’s such a thrill to see people in my clothes”.
His purpose for creating artwork is to honour the spirit of what it is that’s in the art piece and painting how nature looks like with a spiritual lens.
Photography: Ursha Rajah