Ray Fox exhibit on now at Debaj’s K.B. Reynolds Mastin Gallery

Marcel Jacko reminisces as he stands in front of a Ray Fox drawing of him, inspired by a black and white photo of himself from his younger days. photo by Giselle Aiabens

MANITOWANING—A series of original drawings and framed prints by multi-talented Wiikwemkoong artist, Ray Fox, are currently being exhibited at the K. B. Reynolds Mastin Gallery at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre in Manitowaning. All of the drawings, which are graphite on paper, were produced in the past year and are based on people or wildlife.

Mr. Fox, who studied for two years at the Ontario College of Art and Design, took inspiration for many of the nostalgic drawings from old black and white photos. The photos were either from old family photos of relatives and family friends, which his mother kept in an old red leather suitcase that Mr. Fox remembered as being “jammed pack with albums” or from photos in the Shingwauk Residential School archives.

Mr. Fox was present at the gallery on opening night and gave an artist talk in which he spoke of his work, the techniques used, and the stories and inspiration behind many of the pieces. His mother, Donna Debassige, was also in attendance at the opening and was able to provide some of the stories behind the family photos.

Mr. Fox expressed that he was “thrilled to exhibit and present” his artwork and to give an artist talk at the opening night reception on July 7. Currently based out of Sault Ste. Marie, he expressed special gratitude to Debajehmujig Creation Centre for the opportunity to exhibit his work close to home, family, and friends.

The show runs until August 6. Later in the summer, Mr. Fox will be a first-time exhibitor, as well as a demonstrator, at the 18th annual Sylvan Circle Artist and Artisan Tour; he will be exhibiting his work at the Johnson Township Community Centre in Desbarats on Saturday, September 15.