Cultural Background: Ojibwe, Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope), Ontario
Jim Oskineegish is an Ojibwe artist who is a registered member of the Eabametoong First Nation which is located in northwestern Ontario, Canada. Jim paints in the Shamanistic Woodland Style using bold lines and bright colors. He loves to paint legends and stories of his people and hopes that his art can bridge a universal understanding of love, faith, and unity. “I want to promote positive Ahnisnabae culture to the world.”
Jim has post-secondary instruction in the field of visual arts and has further developed his own unique and distinctive style. If Jim can evoke a response or emotion from the viewer, then he feels that he is successful in the world of contemporary art. While in attendance at Lakehead University, he was awarded the Framing Experience Award during the Lakehead University Juried Student Art Exhibition in 1990-1992. Subsequently, he then was awarded the Thunder Bay Society of Architects Award during the Lakehead University Juried Student Art Exhibition in 1991-1992.