Self Portrait as John Wayne, plexiglass 
13 x 9 1/2 in, 33.02 x 24.13 cm 
Born in M’Chigeeng, West Bay, Manitoulin Island
1943 – 2005
Ojibway heritage
Carl Beam's work strongly expresses Aboriginal cultural and political history in Canada and globally through the use of diverse media such as drawing, watercolour, etching, non-silver photography, photo transfer, photo emulsion, installation and ceramics.

His work is found in major Canadian and international collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y.; and has been exhibited throughout North America as well as in Italy, Denmark, Germany and China.

As an artist, he has been instrumental in the development of art for Canada’s First Nations. His style has exerted a strong influence on a generation of Aboriginal artists.

He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and did post-graduate work at the University of Alberta. Carl Beam was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2000. He resided in M’Chigeeng, Manitoulin Island, prior to his death in July 2005.
1975-76 Graduate Studies, University of Alberta
1974 B.F.A., University of Victoria, B.C.
1971 Kootenay School of Art, B.C.
Retrospective Exhibitions
2010 -
Carl Beam, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (Oct. 2010 - Jan. 2011)
2011 Exhibition of Works by Carl Beam, La Parete Gallery, Toronto (Apri. - May, 2011)
2006 Carl Beam: Breaking the Rules, Galerie d’art Vincent, Ottawa, Ontario
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2005 Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste-Marie, Ontario
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Art Gallery of Minden, Minden, Ontario
Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario
2004 It's all Relative: Carl, Ann & Anong Beam, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
2003 It's all Connected: Carl & Ann Beam, Gardiner Ceramic Museum, Toronto, Ontario
Gatherings, National Museum Of History, Taiwan
Feigned Memories, The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
2002 The Whale of Our Being, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Selected Works, Steel City Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
Shamans and Ravens: Carl Beam, Deleon White Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2001 The Whale of Our Being, De Leon White Gallery, Toronto
2000 Group Show: Works from Novak Graphics, Shanghai, China
2000 Reconstructing Reason: the Koan of Carl Beam, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
1999 Epistemological Reconstruction Work, De Leon White Gallery, Toronto
New Works, De Leon White Gallery, Toronto
1997 Notification, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston
Transitions, Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France
Environmental Canada Project, McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Margins: Food/Shelter, De Leon White Gallery, Toronto
1996 Oh! Canada. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1995 Circolo Arcinboldo, La Spezia, Italy
Four Italian Exhibitions of Columbus Boat, De Leon White Gallery, Toronto
Neon Arts Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy
Via Farini, Milan, Italy
Leon V-Idea, Genoa, Italy
Indian Time, Brandts Klaederfabrik, Odense, Denmark
1994 McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinberg
Land, Spirit and Power, Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Reading the Language of Culture, Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton
Land Spirit and Power, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
1993 Indigena, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Earth, Spirit and Power - Within the Shadow of the Sun, The York Quay Gallery, Toronto
Burying the Ruler, International Symposium - Native American Art Association Panel Member, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Fragile Power: Explorations of Men, Newton Art Centre, Newtonville, Massachusetts
The Columbus Suite, Gettysburg College Art Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Arnold Gotlieb Gallery, Toronto
The Columbus Suite, The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba
Land, Spirit and Power, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
Adobe Project: Living in Mother Earth, London Regional Art Gallery and Historical Museum, London, Ontario
Indian Territories, Renee Fotouhi Fine Art East, Long Island, NY
1992 La Parete Gallery, Toronto
Indigena, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
Land, Spirit and Power - First Nations, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Ufundi Gallery, Ottawa
Look Ma, No Mortgage, Arnold Gotlieb Gallery, Toronto
Colours of Humanity, The Sky Dome, Toronto
The Columbus Suite, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
The Columbus Suite, Two Rivers Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Columbus Boat, The Weil Gallery, Corpus Christie State University, Texas
The Columbus Boat, The Power Plant, Toronto
1989 Beyond History, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
Indian Art'89, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
In the Shadow of the Sun, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
In the Shadow of the Sun, Dortmund, Germany
Selected Collections
- National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
- Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario
- Canada Art Bank - Canada Council
- Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
- Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia
- Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
- McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, Kleinberg, Ontario
- Calgary Nickel Arts Museum, Alberta