Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is a contemporary Canadian artist of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent. He lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. His paintings and sculptures combine Coast Salish cosmology, Northwest Coast design, and Western landscape painting.

Yuxweluptun’s paintings can be brutal critiques of issues affecting Canada’s First Nations. He broaches topics such as stolen land, residential schools, and the destruction of the environment by corporations. In addition to being an influential First Nations artist, Yuxweluptun is a strong advocate for Indigenous issues.

In 2016 the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC, presented Unceded Territories, a retrospective exhibition of his thirty-year art career.

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Gallery Exhibitions:

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Indian World My Home and Native Land, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 10’ x 7’. Photo by Barb Choit.
Indian World My Home and Native Land, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 10’ x 7’
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Natives playing on the Land, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 9' x 6'
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Natives playing on the Land, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 9′ x 6′
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, The One Percent , 2015, acrylic on canvas, 7' x 5'
The One Percent , 2015, acrylic on canvas, 7′ x 5′
Painting by Laurence Paul Yuxweluptun: Christy Clark and the Kinder Morgan Go-Go Girls, acrylic on canvas, 2015.
Christy Clark and the Kinder Morgan Go-Go Girls, acrylic on canvas, 2015. Photo credit: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery
Painting by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. <em>Fucking Creeps They’re Environmental Terrorists</em>, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 84” x 72”. Photo by Barb Choit.
Fucking Creeps They’re Environmental Terrorists, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 84” x 72”.
Painting by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. The Direction of Land Claim Negotiations, 2013, Acrylic on Canvas, 72” x 68”. Photo by Barb Choit.
The Direction of Land Claim Negotiations, 2013, Acrylic on Canvas, 72” x 68”.
Painting by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. New Chiefs on the Land, acrylic on canvas, 169 cm x 213 cm, 2006
New Chiefs on the Land, acrylic on canvas, 169 cm x 213 cm, 2006
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Installation view, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, 2016. Photo by Barb Choit.
Installation view, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Neo-Totems, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, July 2016.
Sculpture by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Untitled, 2016, cedar, acrylic, 16 x 11 x 10 inches.
Untitled, 2016, cedar, acrylic, 16 x 11 x 10 inches.
Sculpture by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Untitled, 2016, cedar, acrylic, 15 x 9 x 10 inches.
Untitled, 2016, cedar, acrylic, 15 x 9 x 10 inches.
Painting by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Portrait of a Residential School Child, acrylic on canvas, 162.5 cm x 133 cm, 2005
Portrait of a Residential School Child, acrylic on canvas, 162.5 cm x 133 cm, 2005
Painting by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: <em>The Impending Nisg'a Deal, Last Stand.</em> Chump Change. acrylic on canvas, 201 cm x 245.1 cm, 1996, collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
The Impending Nisg’a Deal, Last Stand. Chump Change. acrylic on canvas, 201 cm x 245.1 cm, 1996, collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery