KEN KIRKBY—WARRIOR PAINTER is a remarkable biography about a very remarkable man. It is, also, an unusual book about a very unusual man.
I have known Ken Kirkby since the day in 1990, when, as Speaker of the House of Commons, I agreed to the unveiling in the House of Common’s foyer, of his epic painting ISUMATAQ. This work of art became a vivid icon of our Inuit fellow Canadians. It introduced the Inuit nation as well as the powerful image of the Inukshuk to southern Canadians, and this symbol of welcome and promise of safe passage was appropriately adopted by the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This is an enlightening story of a very intelligent, artistically endowed, determined and perhaps spiritually guided warrior for the conservation of the land, air and water upon which the continuation of all species, including our own, depends.
In a most unusual way, Patricia Fraser has portrayed the most personal aspects of Ken Kirkby’s life – his boyhood in Portugal, the influence of his family, his intellectual curiosity and his vision of the basic elements on which our survival is based. She reveals Kirkby’s frustrations, his successes, friends and those he loved, as well as those who admire and love him. It is well worth reading, perhaps more than once.
PATRICIA FRASER’S career has enabled her to savour history and ambience from Canada’s Yukon to Australia to the Pacific Northwest of British Columbia. A lengthy affiliation with The Writer’s Craft, a Canadian editing service, provided the nuts and bolts of strong writing.
Her fictional pieces often draw on childhood experiences in the Yukon, while a current work-in-progress is set amongst the Northwest coast Haida and Tsimsian First Nations. She is equally comfortable with non-fiction.
Ken Kirkby—Warrior Painter is a biography focussing on one of Canada’s most inspiring advocates. “Kirkby’s determination to make a positive difference in the way we treat our land is an important subject,” she says, “but, with a larger-than-life character like Ken, magic cannot be overlooked.”
Patricia writes from Salt Spring Island and enjoys quality time with her children, Jennifer, Bruce and Douglas, and their busy families on the west coast.read more