Kent Monkman


After establishing his name as one of the most innovative and daring Canadian figurative painters, in 2006 Kent Monkman began to explore the reoccurring themes from his oeuvre in different medium; performance, installation and photography.

Collaborating with photographer Christopher Chapman and make-up artist Jackie Shawn, "Emergence of a Legend" is his most successful multi-disciplinary creation.

A set of 5 studio portraits where each image depicts Monkman's alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testicle portraying an archetype of a female Aboriginal performing for a Western audience.

Each of the images is a faux daguerrotypes - the earliest character of the set references the 1850's while the others allude to successive generations of entertainment including Vaudeville and the 1956 film "The Searchers" (shown here in full)

Over the last few years Monkman has appeared as Miss Chief with decreasing frequency - making "Emergence of a Legend" more and more precious, transformative and memorable.  

Additional images available on request. 

Questions about this piece? Contact us.

Canada, 2006

Series of 5 chromogenic prints on metallic paper

Signed and dated by the artist

22 from an edition of 25

4.5”W 6.5”H (photo)

13”W 16”H (framed)

Excellent condition.


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