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Chris Johnson Sculptures
Chris Johnson is a status member of the Chippewas of Nawash at Cape Croker at Georgian Bay in Ontario. After college, he went to work in the advertising and communications industry, spending the next 25 years as designer and art director.With his arrival on the west coast, in the early 80s, he felt a growing need to follow his dreams, fulfill his “responsibilities” and give the visions the chance to materialize. He moved to Vancouver Island, adopting the name Ice Bear for his art, and made a personal commitment to fine art.Ice Bear’s work reflects his beliefs about the necessity of understanding the natural world around us, and learning to respect both this Earth and all our fellow travelers on it. Other themes are related to these beliefs, reflecting his cultural heritage, the mythologies of aboriginal peoples, and the conundrum of being aboriginal in a technological world.
Chris, while still a teen, attended the Toronto Artist’s Workshop, and later Sheridan College. Additional, 'hands on' training was recieved through practical experience in commercial design studios of varying kinds, until he eventually opened his own communications boutique, suppling high end art and graphic design for international clients.
Ice Bear's huge public art works (created between 1992 and 2001) have been extensively covered by local media, been front page photos and TV and newspaper headlines several times. Chris also received a 1999 Community Arts Award for the contribution he and his public art made to the Capital region.Most recently he was honoured by the Tacoma Parks Board in Washington State, USA, for his contribution to their boards program to protect Arctic habitats for polar bears and other wildlife.

Selected Commissions/collections:
Current Special Projects and Commissions
Animikii: private innitiative for creation of 18 ft bronze sculpture as Sea to Sky Memorial, for
installation by highway between Vancouver and Whistler in 2008
Life:corporate commission for creation of major bronze installation in
Victoria, BC, for late 2006
Previous: commissions for Amadon (art in Market Sq, & Mermaid Wharf, Victoria)
3 Commissioned exterior, bas reliefed murals for Telus, ExcelSystems Software, and the Town, in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
Single Exhibitions:
May 12; solo exhibition, opening at Peace Gallery North, Fort St John
May; special presentation, Tacoma Parks Board

past exhibitions and projects\
2005 Special presentation: Seattle Children’s Festival
Thunderbird Gallery, Salt Spring Island - July 29-Aug 13
2004 September 21 - Centre for Traditional Knowledge, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
June 2004 - Telus Lobby Gallery, Cowichan Theatre, Duncan

2002 July: Ice Bear First Solo Exhibition: Galloway Gallery, New Westminster
1997 to 2001 Ice Bear created a series of major, permanent public artworks on Vancouver Island
1996 Commercial artists; Two Views, Rock Bay Gallery, Victoria
1995 The Flint Project ( art show/installation, old post office building, Victoria)
Group Exhibitions:
2006: March 12-April 2; Eagles and Ravens Gathering, Nanoose, BC
July Pendulum Gallery, group exhibition of BC Sculptors Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada
August: Van Dusen Gardens:September 16 to October 6 - Agora Gallery, New York
May 13-27 - Turtle Island Gallery Kelowna
May/June - Wah-sa Gallery Winnipeg2003 Oct/Nov : Sol Ceramica Gallery, Sacramento, California
June/July: New Works: Galloway Gallery,?New Westminster
Feb: Essence of the Sea: (group show) , Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria
Artist's Statement:
Ice Bear and his work are inseparable; art is his reason for being. But he does not take credit for his talent, or ‘gift’, as he prefers to call it; he says it was given him as a tool by the Creator so that he can fulfill his responsibilities: giving reality to the visions the Creator sends him. He signs the art ‘Ice Bear’ to separate himself as an individual from the Creator’s artistic gift.
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