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Arnold Isbister

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1339-2nd Ave.N.
Saskatoon, SK S7K 2E6
Canada
Arnold Isbister

Writing is an integral part of my art, with a book being released through WingatePress in June of this year, 2005 titled “ Stories Moshum & Kokum Told Me “. I combine my paintings with my culture and short stories into a book of storytelling - another form of Art. In the coming years look for more books with illustrations and paintings of rich, colorful and sometime haunting stories.

What I hope to transfer is that feeling of being there or a part of the storytelling as I remember it. I can recall scenes where my Mom & Dad would be telling stories in our small log home sometime to me and other times just talking in general which I overheard. There were visitors too where everybody started storytelling as soon as someone told one. Back then we didn't have any TV and for a long time no radio so when people came it was a big thing, an event to us kids. Our closest neighbour was about 4 miles away on a dirt trail and nobody had cars or trucks at least not us. Visiting and visits were cherished with the storytelling a common denominator which is what we remember the most - and in the context or 'scene' they were told.

This is probably one of the factors in me being an Artist, also influencing the style or signature of thought going into my paintings. I remember an orange glow from the wood stove fires and the smell of fresh tea or cooked bannock in the air. This was a common scene in most households too since we all shared the same area, conditions, hardships and economy. Everything around us was 'earthy' not only in feel and touch but in color also. And because most (if not all) were not high school graduates or had university, many not even knowing the English language, affected the way these stories were told having or giving a different feel or character to them. The whole enviroment and time lent itself to stories which is part of our culture. If a person or child somewhere remembers just one of these stories I am happy. Hopefully they will pass it on...

Influences: 

My Father, Mother as well as our friends and relatives who told stories around the rickety old kitchen table with a kerosene lamp giving an orange glow to all around it.

Contact Phone Number: 
306-665-0396
Indian Name: 
White Wolf
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Stories Moshum & Kokum Told Me

Artist - Author: 
Arnold Isbister

I combine my paintings with my Indigenous culture and short stories into a book of storytelling - another form of Art. In the coming years look for more books with illustrations and paintings of rich, colorful and sometime haunting stories.