Jay Bell Redbird as born August 31, 1966, in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the son of proud parents Elaine Bell (late) and Duke Redbird. Jay is a member of Wikwemikong, Unceded Indian Reserve and currently lives both in Toronto and Cape Breton.
As a teenager, Norval Morrisseau talked to Jay about the colours and their meaning and how they are expressed in Aboriginal language, history and culture. His uncle Leland showed him techniques and shared traditional teachings and stories. His father Duke Redbird encouraged Jay to put his art out there to share the beauty of Aboriginal culture.
Following these formative years, Jay continues to learn and find his own unique voice through his paintings which are vibrant in colour, stories and meaning.
Jay’s statement: ”To share my work with all Nations and promote lasting peace and love”.