Lorne Alexander Julien

Lorne Alexander Julien is a proud Mi’kmaq artist and member of Millbrook First Nation, near Truro, Nova Scotia, where he grew up. His given Mi’kmaw name “Warrior on the Hill” was earned in his youth when he learned about the spiritual ways of his people. Lorne is a self taught artist, who has been following his passion since childhood.

In his practice he uses bright colours and is known for the bold beauty of his artwork that touches hearts.

Lorne’ s artwork is inspired by visions and dreams and the love and respect he holds for his people. His paintings have an uplifting hopeful energy.  Lorne’s artist journey is a healing journey, a way to heal himself and inspire healing in the world.

Over the last few years, Lorne has painted many murals to support the creation of safe spaces in the public, in schools, government and private offices. Outdoor murals can be seen in Kentville on Main Street ,in the corner of Agricola and Willow street in Halifax and at the amphitheatre Oqwa’titek in Annapolis Royal. Lorne often uses the eagle, his favourite subject. The eagle is important to First Nation’s people as a symbol for love and protection. The paintings are like a prayer.


Ikea Mural – Global News

Ikea Mural – Global News

Global’s Eilish Bonang sits down with Mi’kmaq artist, Lorne Julien, to talk about what inspires his artwork ahead of the unveiling of his latest piece at Ikea Halifax. See complete interview at https://globalnews.ca/video/9704978/lorne-julien-murals 

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Lorne creates murals in schools, institutions and public spaces in an effort to create safe spaces that are inclusive, respectful and honour Canada’s Indigenous People. He believes that incorporating Indigenous art in public spaces is a simple act of reconciliation and moving forward in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.

On Canvas

Lorne typically uses acrylic on gallery stretched canvas. The canvas can also be a different medium like drums or hockey sticks. Lorne’s paintings are often done for commissions or logos.


Other Media

Though Lorne is known primarily as a painter, he has diversified to other mediums such as stained glass and photography.