Mark seabrook

Anishinaabe Artist

Mark Seabrook, a gifted Anishinaabe artist, poet, writer, performer, playwright and educator, is an artistic and well known knowledge keeper with over 30 years of community service.

Early in life, Mark was adopted by a non-native family and grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of Manitoulin Island. His mother, a teacher and published author encouraged his creative spirit, challenging him to explore his gifts. His father, an entrepreneur who in his retirement years, established a tractor museum to house his favourite machines, set high standards for all his children. Like many artists, Mark is an intriguing individual, sociable and solitary by turns. Both aspects are fuelled by a life that bridges the rural and the urban, - the primitive and the urbane.

He paints wherever he is, filling his canvases with bright blocks of acrylic colours layered later with more subtle care. One of his styles is strongly reminiscent of indigenous artist, Norval Morrisseau, - one of his sources of inspiration. Other major sources of inspiration are abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Mark is a fan of art history and the list can go on! Mark has a gift for depicting aspects of his indigenous culture and spirituality that extend beyond common stereotypes. His paintings usually include people and each figure is strewn with and surrounded by symbols that define who they are inside, as well as how they appear to the world. Both are important to Mark. Drawn to record the contribution of indigenous people to the North American military, Mark continues to produce paintings that pay tribute to their efforts as warriors for their countries.

Mark has returned to his love of the land in his artwork. In recent years, influenced by the Tehkummah landscape on Manitoulin Island, Mark has added landscape painting to his growing list of subject matter, depicting open fields with exotic skies, the raven, the crow, and the red wing black bird.

The birds, often ravens, sit silent and bear witness or carry messages to the figures that live within his works. The name of Mark's Web site, www.twinravens.com, reflects the importance of the raven, the power bird, to communication in his life.

Mark Seabrook, B.A., B.Ed., Sagamok First Nation, status Indian, 60’s Scoop, author of 20th Century Indian Boy, and Sun Infinity Moon, musician with Juno nominated Indigenous modern music group No Reservations, poet with Crossroads Cant Collective, online and in person art teacher, can be reached at twinravens@gmail.com Miigwetch.