Michael Belmore works primarily in sculpture. He employs a variety of materials, including wood, stone, and metal – drawing inspiration from his surroundings and exploring the dramatic effects of human activity on the land. Through his choice of subjects and materials, Michael speaks about the environment, land, water, and what it means to be Anishinaabe. An associate of the Ontario College of Art, he completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University of Ottawa in 2019. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of various institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the NMAI – Smithsonian Institute.
Michael’s exhibitions include: Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, ON; Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art at the Peabody Essex in Salem, MA; HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor at the National Museum of the American Indian – George Gustav Heye Centre in New York.