VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A monumental work of art by renowned Indigenous artist, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (Coast Salish name, Lets’lo:tseltun) set to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, will be auctioned this month. All proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit two important outreach organizations and residential school survivors. Before the auction closes, the work will also be on public display in galleries in Vancouver and Toronto.
Yuxweluptun’s large-scale and powerful canvas, titled Indian boarding school, leave the shallow graves and come home, was mandated by Dixon Mitchell Investment Counsel who manages institutional assets for several First Nations clients. The project was completed in the spring of 2022.
Since the start of the project, Yuxweluptun has generously offered to increase the size of the work to six by eight feet. Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, which represents the artist, donated his commission.
The painting will be offered by Heffel Fine Art Auction House via an online auction from May 25 to June 22, with an estimate of $125,000 to $175,000. All proceeds from the sale of the painting, including the House of Heffel buyer’s premium and auction fees, will be donated to two outstanding organizations; the Orange Shirt Society and the Indian Residential School Survivor Society.
When creating this work, Yuxweluptun’s idea was to “depict children returning home in a spiritual form, thus completing a spiritual journey and allowing their memories to be closed”.
“It’s a painting of history, a record of how native people were treated and where we are now. It’s a voice for those who have been forgotten, and their stories need to be told resoundingly.
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
“The Orange Shirt Society would like to thank renowned Indigenous artist, Lawrence Paul Yuxwelupton, for commemorating the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with this painting. Dixon Mitchell Investment Counsel and Heffel showed us what is possible when organizations come together to work towards reconciliation. Thank you for creating this outlet and for your support, inspiration and thoughtful engagement. We hope this is the start of a lasting relationship for years to come!
Laio Hyrcha, Executive Director, Orange Shirt Society
“When Dixon Mitchell first approached me about this project with Lawrence Paul, I knew he would be thrilled to be involved. This is an issue close to his heart as a child of residential school survivors. Indians and himself a survivor.As its representative, Macaulay & Co Fine Art is thrilled to partner with and donate to these incredible organizations.
Sarah Macaulay, owner of Macaulay & Co. Fine Art
“We commend Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s powerful vision and passionate support for this project. We hope this endeavor not only raises much-needed funds for these two organizations, but also raises awareness of the important work they do to heal the community and chart a brighter path forward.”
Don Stuart, Executive Vice President, Dixon Mitchell Investment Counsel
“We are truly honored to be part of this very meaningful and moving initiative and to use our platform to support these two passionate charities. As can be seen in Lawrence’s painting, art has the power to preserve memory and history. We hope that being part of the painting’s journey will help the ongoing dialogue around this tragedy and look to an enlightened and informed future.
David Heffel, President, Heffel Fine Art Auction House.
Auction schedule and preview of the House of Heffel
The dedicated online auction will be conducted through the House of Heffel Online Auction Partnerships (HO2) platform at Heffel.com. The auction will start on May 25 and end on June 22. Those interested in the artwork should register to bid on Heffel.com.
To increase awareness and give collectors a chance to view the work before the auction closes, the painting will be available to the public in Vancouver and Toronto.
- Vancouver: May 25 to June 8, Galerie Heffel (2247, rue Granville)
- Toronto: June 16 to June 22, Galerie Heffel (13 Hazelton Avenue)
About Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun, of Coast Salish descent, is a graduate of the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in British Columbia. Yuxweluptun is Salish for “man of many masks”, a name given to the artist when he was initiated into the Sxwaixwe Society at age 14. Lets’lo:tseltun was given to Lawrence by Sto:lo artist Laura Wee Lay Laq in 2018 and means “man of many colors. His paintings and sculptures combine Coast Salish cosmology, North Coast design western and western landscape painting and can be stark critiques of issues affecting Canada’s First Nations. He addresses topics such as land titles, residential schools and environmental destruction. His work has been exhibited and collected by prestigious institutions across Canada, the US, Europe and the UK He lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.
About the Orange Shirt Society
the Orange Shirt Society is a non-profit organization in Williams Lake, British Columbia, where Orange Shirt Day began in 2013. The Orange Shirt Society was founded by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad and others who no longer serve on the board administration. We have both aboriginal and non-aboriginal staff and board members. The aims of the Society are:
- To support Indian residential school reconciliation
- To raise awareness of the individual, family and community intergenerational impacts of residential schools through the activities of the Orange Shirt Society
- Raising awareness of the concept “Every child counts”
About Dixon Mitchell
Dixon Mitchell Investment Counsel is a national asset management firm that provides investment solutions to institutions, foundations, endowments and high net worth private clients. Custodian of its clients’ wealth since 2000, the firm is rooted in the belief that superior long-term results are achieved through thorough in-house research, accurate assessment of fundamentals, and the belief to act on that work. Dixon Mitchell is based in Vancouver. Please visit
www.dixonmitchell.com for more information and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Heffel Fine Art Auction House
Since 1978, Heffel has connected passionate collectors around the world with exceptional works of art, with sales totaling three-quarters of a billion dollars. With offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary, Heffel has the most experienced team of fine art specialists in Canada and provides superior customer service to sellers and buyers internationally.
About Macaulay & Co Fine Art
Macaulay & Co. Fine Arts (founded in 2012) is a contemporary art gallery located in Vancouver, British Columbia. We represent Canadian and First Nations artists nationally and internationally. Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is an essential member of our list of selected artists and we have worked together for over 10 years.
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