Soul Carrier and Spirit of the Sacred Trout (2011) Ritchie Sinclair

Soul Carrier
Ritchie Stardreamer Sinclair
Acrylic on Canvas, 34" x 58", 2011
The fish, sacred trout, was the most respected of all fish. The trout gave the Indian life in abundance and according to Ojibwa Indian mythology it represented his soul carrier. The trout carried the Indian soul through transmigration into an other existence in the supernatural or reincarnation. All this belief worked for the betterment of the Indian food in reality - faith in the supernatural.
Norval Morrisseau

Spirit of the Sacred Trout
Ritchie Stardreamer Sinclair
Acrylic on Canvas, 26" x 60", 2011

Symbolic Interpretation of the Logoic Artwork
A commission for the Kolapore Springs Fishery of Blue Mountain, Ontario

The Thunderbird dominates this image as the totemic spirit of the Sacred trout. The Crests of the wings of the Thunderbird symbolize The Blue Mountains of Ontario, Canada. Twelve feathers symbolize 12 months and year-round "sustainability". The Inlay energy streams symbolize the "natural" environment and resources of Kolapore Springs. The Kolapore Springs themselves are symbolized by two "vortexes" central to each wing of the Thunderbird.

Gently rising, the Sacred Trout and its overshadowing Thunderbird Spirit move forward together in perfect accord with one another. The tail fin of the Sacred Trout suggests other fish arising out of her vibration. The contrasting balance of the blues and reds feels both refreshing and exhilarating. Blue throughout represents the cool purity of the springs. Warm reds represent the life within the fishery.


don said...

I really love this!!!

don said...

These are very beautiful and inspiring works of art. I am so pleased to see such beauty emerge from what has surely been a tough time for you. Truth is, when I saw "Spirit of the Sacred Trout" it provoked tears of joy for me. Yet as I looked at these pieces, I began to fall in love with "Soul Carrier"

I wrote a little post at in honor of this piece and these are my observations......not sure how you the artist have interpreted, but I rekon thats all part of the beauty of art.

cheers to these beautiful examples of anointed work!