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"Fiddler's Green" by Michael Barber

SKU 50-904
Original price $350.00 - Original price $5,200.00
Original price
$350.00 - $5,200.00
Current price $350.00


As many fans of The Tragically Hip know, Fiddler’s Green was written about Gord Downies nephew who died as a child from a heart defect. Indigenous artist Michael Barber’s critically acclaimed artworks often deal with themes of healing and personal loss, which makes the lyrics from Fiddler’s Green an obvious choice for the artist. But for some reason this painting was different for Barber:  “This story has been told so beautifully and is so important to so many. Ive always felt a personal connection to these lyrics and to include them in a painting is certainly an honour.”  The expression of pain is represented in the artwork by the artist’s trademark gouging and scratching which is done with various hand tools, shovels, and hoes and are used to scrape and expose the earlier layers to create a sense of time.  And by translating the lyric “September seventeen For a girl I know it's Mother's Day” into Barber’s Indigenous Mohawk language, the artist connects the theme of loss and  healing to a much more personal and powerful level.




 Limited Edition Print


Mahogany Plywood and Paint

Moab Entrada Rag Bright


48” W x 48” H

Unframed: 23.5" x 24" Framed: 32.5" x 33"


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I am an Indigenous artist (Upper Mohawk) from Port Dover, Ontario. My works deal with examination of dark realities that are rarely spoken.  Memories and thoughts are never clear and my pantings reflect the layers that hide or protect our past; the things we cherish and the things we love to forget.  Quite often in life, things that are out of our control have such impact on our lives, not physically really, but emotionally; things that we will carry with us forever.  The good and the bad both weigh us down and fill us up, to the point that there is no room left.  Then one day, something happens that forces you to shift things, reposition and prioritize the weight to a more manageable point for the time being. 

I paint on mahogany plywood and use a mixed media approach.  Resist techniques are used with the paint application.  Gouging and scratching is done with various hand tools, shovels, and hoes which are used to scrape to expose the earlier layers to create a sense of time.  Images are applied to the work by using a self developed printing technique and manipulating the cut after various applications.

The creation of a piece is a very physical activity.  I get lost in the painting and struggle between layers, caught in a dilemma of exposure and protection.  It's an exhausting process and yet I find it so satisfying. 

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