Over the years, Jerry Whitehead’s artwork has gone through a number of stages. The one thing that has remained constant throughout this progression is his focus on powwows and powwow dancers.
As a child in Saskatchewan, Whitehead says he was interested in art like any of his friends.
In his early teen years, Whitehead moved on from drawings done with pencils and lead to paintings. He believes that his interest in art comes from his family.
In addition to familial encouragement and an abundance of natural talent, Whitehead has sought out technical training. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Indian Art from the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.
In the beginning, Whitehead did beadwork and attached the work to his paintings.
But, as in his current work, powwow dancers and powwows remained an integral theme. He currently produces abstract paintings that demonstrate his fondness of vivid colours.
Jerry Whitehead currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia but his work can be seen throughout western Canada.