2014 Alumni Honour Award Winner - Ahmoo Angeconeb

2014 Alumni Honour Award Winner - Ahmoo Angeconeb

Ahmoo Angeconeb launched his illustrious art career at the age of five, drawing on anything he could find, including his mother’s walls.  Today, Ahmoo’s works -- drawings, serigraphs, linocut prints, paintings, and etchings – have been featured in solo exhibitions throughout North America and Europe and can be found in public and private collections worldwide.

He has been a consultant and juror for the Ontario Arts Council, an artist-in-residence in northern Scandinavia, and is in high demand as an arts educator in Ontario schools. Ahmoo has become a global ambassador for Ojibway art.

Ahmoo was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, but grew up on the Lac Seul First Nation. When he was six, he was sent to a residential school in Pelican Falls with his older siblings. Although his parents exposed him to Ojibway culture and language, he was reacquainted with traditional ceremonies by elders he met while attending high school in Kenora.

As a teenager, he was inspired by the famous Woodland School artist Norval Morrisseau. Subsequently, Ahmoo studied Visual Arts at York University and Adult Education at Dalhousie University before completing an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts at Lakehead University in 1993.

His unique style and depictions of animals, people, and spirits have attracted the attention of international curators and collectors, including Prince Albert of Monaco. In 1995, after more than a decade of creating and travelling, Ahmoo returned to Lac Seul to reconnect with his roots.

In recent years, Ahmoo has had to cope with health issues including a lower right leg amputation and a stroke that weakened his left arm, making it difficult to carve or make prints. Fortunately, his drawing has not been affected.

Despite these struggles, Ahmoo Angeconeb believes that anything is possible and hopes one day to have exhibitions in New York and Japan. He considers each artwork he creates a gift from the spirits and is committed to keeping his Ojibway heritage alive.