Les Mawakeesick 1952-1993
acrylic on canvas
21.5 X 27.5 inches
25.5 X 31.5 inches w/ frame
note: there are white paint touch ups at the border.
Leslie Randoph Mawakeesick was born and raised by a single mother in Sandy Lake, a small reserve in northwestern Ontario but grew up in Winnipeg. He was to learn to paint at the age of 14. At first glance Mawakeesick may not look like an accomplished artist, but when he plays piano there is no denying his talent. The self taught musician learned to play in high school. He also learned to paint on his own at 14, by reading native art books.” As a 14 year old I started drawing these teepees and stick men. “His inspiration came from his grandfather; who would tell him sacred legends and spiritual stories. “If I don’t paint everyday I feel unjustified,” said Mawakeesick. edges.