Lorne A. Julien - Mi'kmaw Artist
Lorne Alexander Julien was born and raised in Millbrook First Nation Community near Truro, Nova Scotia. His given Mi’kmaw name “Warrior on the Hill” was earned in his youth when he learned about the spiritual ways of his people. A self taught artist, who has been following his passion since childhood.
In his practice he uses bright colors and is known for the bold beauty of his artwork that touches hearts.
Inspired by visions and dreams, and the love and respect he holds for his people, Lorne’s artwork has an uplifting hopeful energy.
During many years of self healing Lorne created a large number of acrylic paintings. Many have been sold and a number of them are now available as signed limited edition prints, cards, calendars and more. “Friends United “ features a collection of these paintings, some can be seen in the published book.
His designs are popular for logos, one of them created in 2019 for the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq for their publication about matrimonial law. He also donated some of his images for the use in the Legal Aid report.
His uplifting, heartfelt style and family oriented paintings have been used to create safe spaces in Family Resource Centers, hospitals and schools.
In 2015, Lorne donated a painting to the McMaster University Midwifery program in honour of his oldest daughter’s graduation as a midwife.
In 2019 he was commissioned to create 2 paintings in honour of World Breastfeeding Week by the Family Resource Centre “ Maggie’s Place” in Truro.
Lorne has also been traveling with his artwork to powwows, gatherings and conferences for many years. One of them the Indian Market organized by the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine.
His vivid style and clear lines translate very well into creating large murals. Some of his murals can be seen at the Veterinary College in Charlottetown PEI, North East King’s and Hants East High School.
Lorne is constantly developing his practice, now becoming proficient in stained glass. These pieces further display his diverse love and talent for creating vibrantly colorful artworks.
2022- NSCC Middelton, Annapolis Valley Campus
2021 - Truro Dalhousie Agricultural College
2021 - Town of Annapolis Royal - Beyond Oqwa'titek
2021 - Ecology Action Centre - 50th anniversary / 50 things
2021 - Kentville Mural Festival
2020- Creation of a mural with students of East Hants Rural Highschool.
2019 - Mural at the PEI Veterinary College in Charlottetown
2018 - Mural “Seven Sacred Teachings/ Grandfather Teachings” with Students at North East Kings, Canning, NS.
Art Projects With Students
2019 - Art presentation, talk and art lesson at Christian School Academy in Biblehill, Truro.
2018 - Art presentations with 6 classes at Clark Rutherford Elementary School in Cornwallis Park.
2019 - Contract with Art publisher - Indigenous Collection/Canadian Art Prints/Winn Devon Art Group
2019 - AFN in Frederiction, New Brunswick.
Public painting engagement
Design of Logo
2019 - Puktew Wasuek Trading Post.
2018 - Design of Nova Scotia Legal Aid logo for Indigenous Social Worker.
2019 - National Aboriginal Midwifery Conference.
2019 - NSCC McCarthy Hall Gallery , Truro.
2019 - Halifax Conference "Strengthening Indigenous Community Engagement: Pathways to Reconciliation".
2018 - Bear River First Nation Powwow.
2018 and 2019 - Kentville Multicultural Market.
2018 and 2019 - Millbrook powwow.
2018 - Shelburne Art Market.
2018 - Millbrook Aboriginal Day/ Halifax Aboriginal Day.
2017 - Saint John Christmas Craft Fair.
2017 - Indigenious Business Conference in Frederiction.
2017 - Grand Pre Mi’kmaq/Acadian Friendship Powwow.
2017 - Indian Brook Powwow.
2015 to 2018 - Winding River Art Gallery, Stewiacke, Nova Scotia.
2016 - Art Show and Sale, Fort Calgary, Calgary.
2016 - First Nations Art, Woodland Cultural Centre, Branford, Ontario.
2015 - Present -Sipuke’l Gallery, Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
2015 - Aboriginal Pavilion, Pan American Games, Toronto, Ontario.
2015 - Eskasoni 21st Annual Pow Wow, Eskasoni, Nova Scotia.
2015 - Water is Key Exhibition, McCarthy Hall Art Gallery, NSCC, Truro, Nova Scotia.
2015 - Atlantic Aboriginal Post Secondary Education Conference, Mount St. Vincent University, Bedford, Nova Scotia.
2014 - Lunenburg Art Gallery. Lunenberg, Nova Scotia.
2014 - 2nd Annual Aboriginal Arts & Literature Mawiomi, Acadia University, Nova Scotia.
2014 - Art for Africa Fundraiser, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2014 - Environmental Racism Art Show, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2013 - Casino Halifax Exhibit, Halifax Nova Scotia.
2013 - 1st Annual Aboriginal Arts & Literature.
2013 - Aboriginal Art Festival. Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre, Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia.
2013 - ALS Society of Nova Scotia Art show. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
2013 - Art Battle 67, The Loft. Truro, Nova Scotia.
2012 - First Nations Art, Woodland Cultural Centre, Branford, Ontario.
2011 - First Nations Art, Woodland Cultural Centre, Branford, Ontario.
2011 - Marigold Cultural Centre Solo Show. Truro, Nova Scotia.
2011 - Halifax International Pow Wow Exhibit, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2010 - Membertou 400, Mawiomi Halifax International Pow Wow, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2010 - Art show and sale. All Saints Anglican Church, Bedford, Nova Scotia.
2019 - Indian Market, Bar Harbour, Maine USA.
2019 - Maritime Indigenous Artists exhibit at the Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor.
2018 - Flight of Fancy Gallery in Bear River.
2018 – present Truro hospital corridor gallery.
2018 - Organization and participation of exhibit” Indigenous Artists in Atlantic Canada”in Truro at the McCarthy Hall Gallery.
2014 - Friends United Artists. Considering Aboriginal Rights Exhibition, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2014 - Friends United. Aboriginal Day Waterfront Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2012 - Friends United Artists. Peoples Place Library Exhibit. St. FX University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
2012 - Friends United Art Exhibit. Halifax City Hall, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2010 - Brian Gazeley and Joseph Landry Art Show. Alderney Landing Cultural Centre, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Present - Super 8 Motel, art display. Millbrook, Nova Scotia.
2015 - Adsum for Women & Children Shelter. Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2014 - Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association. Millbrook, Nova Scotia.
2010 - Saint Patrick Church Restoration.
2019 - National Aboriginal Midwifery Conference.
2019 - NS, Hooker’s Gilde AGM.
2014 - Aboriginal Art Festival. Wagmatcook & Heritage Centre, Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia.
Donation/use of images
2018 - Donated 5 images to use for annual Legal Aid Report.
2015 - Personal Bio included in The wonder Walls- from the streets of Toronto. Author: Jason Parete. Publisher: Createspace.
2011 - Cover art work in Mi’kmaq Anthology Volume 2: In Celebration of the Life of Rita Joe. Edited by Leslie Choyce and Theresa Meuse.
2011- Cover art “Friends United Volume 1.” Edited by Rolf Bouman. (Ad) Venture Canada Publishing.
1997 - Cover art work in Mi’kmaq Anothology: Edited by Leslie Choyce and Rita Joe.
Publications & Media
2021- Interview with CBC news https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/mi-kmaw-artist-lorne-julien-1.6280740
2019 - Commission piece for Confederacy of Mainland Mi ’kmaq “ Matrimonial Law”.
2019“Millbrook Artist creates painting to mark World Breast Feeding Week”
2015 - “Alumna's father donates art to midwifery program.” McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences News magazine. Volume 9, Issue 1. http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/networkspring2015/first_nations_art_donation.html
2011 - “Exposing and challenging environmental racism.” Talking Radical Radio Show interview. October 15, 2014.
Environmental racism. Outreach video for ‘Time to clear the air.’ https://www.youtube.c/watch?v=LJ3gOvkUmI4
Glooscap Heritage Centre Art Show. APTN. Short Interview in Millbrook, Nova Scotia.
Grants & Rewards
2014 - Art in Bloom. McCarthy Hall Art Gallery, NSCC, Truro, Nova Scotia. 3rd place prize.
2014 - Truro Art Acquisition Show, Truro, NS. Honourable mention for painted hand drum.
2011 - Emerging Artist Program by Joseph Landry and Brian Gazeley. Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2014 - Truro Arts Society of Nova Scotia.
2021- Carfac Halifax
2021- Annapolis Arts Council ( ARCAC)