Bio

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 and the wharf 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.

The paintings are popular with the rug hookers. The Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia commissioned Lorne to make a painting in response to the sad discoveries of remains of
missing indigenous children around the former residential schools in Canada. The guild created a rug show “Every Child Matters” that has been travelling around Nova Scotia.
Lorne’s art work revolves around family, healing journeys and connection. Connection between humans and the natural world. 

His paintings have a simple and beautiful way of reminding us of hope and the spirit within all of creation.  Lorne’s style can be seen as indigenous abstract painting and he uses acrylic
paint in vibrant colours. Canvas can be anything from gallery stretched canvas, drums and walls to hockey sticks.

The Junior World Hockey Championship in 2022 commissioned Lorne to paint 20 hockey sticks. These were presented to the Most Valuable Player ( MVP) at the games. The Mi’kmaq
in his area have deep roots in the game of hockey. His great grand father Chief Joseph Julien was a carver of hockey sticks in the early 1900’s and his grandfather was part of an
“integrated “ hockey team around 1940s. Painting the hockey sticks, it felt like honouring his grandfathers and the Mi’kmaq people.

Lorne’s artistic style works well to create logos and other digitalized images like landing pages on the web. He has been commissioned by organizations like the Canadian Museum of
Immigration in Halifax , CNIB Foundation the South West Nova Biosphere Reserve Association and Ecology Action Centre.

Lorne also recently became a member of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and is now accredidated with the Original Original program which authenticates Indigenous businesses.

   Curriculum Vitae

Awards
2022 – NSITEN – Nova Scotia Indigenous Tourism Network
Artist of the year

Short Film
2022 – Short film made by Andrew Tolson https://staging4.artseen.ca/lorne-julien-healing-journey/

Murals
2024 – second mural for the COVE
2024 – Bryony House, Women’s shelter Darmouth
2023 – Halifax Mural festival
2023 – Sackville Business Association
2023 – Mi’kmaw day care, Halifax
2023 – Unifor
2023 – Canada service procurement office
2023 – Seven sacred teachings / Dahousie University
2023 – The Cove / Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship
2023 – IKEA
2023 – Annapolis Royal Asphalt mural
2023 – BIRD construction
2022 – Immigration Canada ( Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia)
2022 – Dalhousie University , Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill, Truro
2022 – NSCC Middelton, Annapolis Valley Campus
2021 –  Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill, Truro
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.

2022  – Commission to paint hockey sticks  for the World Junior Hockey
Championships ( given to MVPs )

Art Projects With Students
2023 – LEC, Lawrencetown Education Centre
2023 – South Bedford Elementary School
2023 – Somerset Elementary School
2023 – Laing House
2022 – Kids painting At Kentville Mural Festival , NS
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
2024 – Badge design for Ecology Action Centre
2023 – website image for South West Nova Bioshere Reserve Association
2023 – Museum of Immigration in Halifax, Pier 21
2023 – CNIB Foundation / Canadian Institute for the Blind
2019 – Puktew Wasuek Trading Post.
2018 – Design of Nova Scotia Legal Aid logo for Indigenous Social Worker.

Solo Exhibitions
2023 – Saltscapes Expo
2023 – Multicultural Market Kentville
2023 – North Atlantic Indigenous Games
2023 – Craft Nova Scotia / Wolfville
2023 – Berwick Library
2022 – Halifax designer show
2022 – Saltscapes
2022 – Solo show at King’s theatre in Annapolis Royal 
2022 – Solo show “Healing Journey” at the ArtsPlace ( ARCAC) in Annapolis Royal NS
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.

Group Exhibitions
2022 – Chase Gallery , NS archives, Halifax NS
2022 – Gallery 215 in Maitland, NS
2021 – Every Child Matters Hooking Exhibit, Mount Saint Vincent / Truro
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.

Public Collections
2023 – ISANS
2023 – Department of Fisheries, Nova Scotia
2023 – Lawton’s

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.

Public Speaking
2022 – Ecology Action Centre celebration 50 year anniversary
2022 – Workshop, presentation at NSCAD , Halifax NS about mural making
2022 – Every Child Matters Exhibit , Mount Saint Vincent, NS 
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.

Books
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
https://signalhfx.ca/mikmaw-artist-used-killam-library-installation-to-put-more-light-in-dark-areas/
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”
http://www.trurodaily.com/community/video-millbrook-artist-creates-painting-to-mark-world-breastfeeding-week-230937 
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
2023 – NS Arts Council
2022 – Canada Arts Council Grant  – Painting Mi’kmaw Family History
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.

Workshops
2011 – Emerging Artist Program by Joseph Landry and Brian Gazeley. Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Membership
2023 – Craft Nova Scotia
2022 – ITAC Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
2019 – NSITE’N Nova Scotia Indigenous Tourism Entreprise Network
2014 – Truro Arts Society of Nova Scotia.
2021 – Carfac Halifax
2021 – Annapolis Arts Council ( ARCAC)