Indigenous Art 2021 Artist, Dean Mitchell

Welcome to Woodland Cultural Centre’s Indigenous Art 2021 Exhibition.

Established in 1975, this is one of the longest running multi-media exhibitions that provide artists an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery setting. WCC is pleased to announce the return of this annual Juried Exhibition and we can’t wait to share the selected works with the public. Indigenous Art 2021 will be running September 11 – November 20, 2021.


Meet Artist, Dean Mitchell

Dean’s award-winning visual arts career has continued to flourish over the course of the past 37 years. After leaving the corporate design world behind, he started his own design firm, Fresh Art & Design Inc., in 2007, with his business and life partner, Susan Mitchell. Together, they focus primarlily on branding for Indigenous organizations and companies that wish to communicate with Indigenous peoples.

Proud of his Mohawk heritage, his father’s family hails from Six Nations, of which he is a band member. He carries on the tradition of singing around the big drum, and after several years, is still struggling to learn the Kanien’kéh language.

As he progresses in years, he is devoting more time to his first love – creating art for his toughest client – himself.

Artist Statement

My work is seen through an Indigenous perspective. Dark humour has always been a part of my arsenal. I like to provoke – make people think, or even do a double-take when they view my work. I work in whichever medium works best for my current vision, whether it be painting (acrylic or digital oil), wood carving, sculpture, installation, animation, photo-collage, or even t-shirt design, which he and his powwow dancing partners sell across Turtle Island. His shirt designs include a powwow crowd favourite: “Failed attempt at a New World Order” – printed over a Hudson’s Bay blanket.


Frybread celebrates the underdog, a lone entrepreuner out in the desert serving up the best frybread around, to anyone who happens to stop by his Arizona stand (indicated by the state flag on the left). The AIM flag on the right, shows that he is more than just a tourist selling, smiling INDN, that he remains vested in seeking justice for his people, while the buffalo serve as a mirage of a better time before colonialism. Medium: Digital Oil painting (Photoshop and Kai’s oil brushes). Inspired from a photograph by the artist.


Dean’s Featured Artwork

Dean Mitchell

Frybread, 2021

18” x 28.5” x 1.75″ / 45.7cm x 72.4cm x 4.4cm

Digital painting








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Make sure to book your admission tickets to see Indigenous Art 2021! Can’t make it into the Museum? Watch our Facebook Livestream Here, where we take you around the Gallery to showcase the exhibition.