Artworks and Artists
Carl Beam
Born Canada: Ontario, M'Chigeeng [West Bay], 24 May 1943
Died Canada: Ontario, M'Chigeeng [West Bay], 30 July 2005
Photo: Ann Beam, 1984

Carl Beam

Carl Beam lived on the West Bay Anishnaabe (Ojibwa) Reserve on Manitoulin Island until his sixth school year, when he transferred to a residential school in Spanish River. After finishing grade nine, he left rural Ontario to seek work, finding a variety of jobs ranging from construction work in Toronto to logging on the West Coast. While he was in northern British Columbia, Beam first became interested in painting. He he began to do oil paintings with his brother-in-law, who worked primarily on depictions of cowboy life. In 1971, after completing high school through correspondence, he enrolled at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, B.C. Two years later he transferred to the University of Victoria, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1978, Beam returned to Peterborough, Ontario, and began his prolific art career. He now lives in West Bay, Ontario.