Allen Sapp, Available Artwork

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Putting Hay on Haystack
Allen Sapp
Acrylic on Canvas (16x20 in) 1973
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Recess Time At School
Allen Sapp
Acrylic on Canvas (24x30 in) 1997
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At the Pow-Wow
Allen Sapp
Acrylic on Canvas (30x48 in) circa 1995
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Babysitting the Kids
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (12x16 in) 1970
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Stretching A Deer Hide
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (18x24 in) 1972
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Hard Work on the Farm
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (30x30 in) 1992
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Getting Ready to Ride
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (24x30 in) 2004
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Making Bannock for Her Family
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (20x24 in) 2002
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The Family Going to Town
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (20x24 in) circa 2001
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My Dad Getting Water for the Farm
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (20x16 in) 1997
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Nokum Having a Cup of Tea
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (16x20 in) 1976
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My Mom and Dad
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (14x11 in) 1982
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Indian Days
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (20x16 in) 2004
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He is Cutting Hay
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (20x24 in) 2005
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Having Lunch and Rest
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (22x30 in) 2005
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Nokum Making Moccasins for Me
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (18x14 in) 2005
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Someone Used to Live Here
Allen Sapp
Oil (24x36 in) 1969
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Grandmother Sleeping
Allen Sapp
oil (18x24 in) 1969
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Allen Sapp

(1928 - 2015) RCA, SAM, OC

Photo of Allen Sapp

A descendant of the great plains Cree Chief Poundmaker, Allen Sapp was born in January of 1928 on the Red Pheasant Reserve, near North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Because of frail health in childhood he was often bed-ridden and began to draw and to paint to pass the time. He was raised by his grandmother, Maggie Soonias, who strongly encouraged his creativity as a way of giving expression to his world. His relationship with his grandmother, or “Nokum” as he called her was a profound one, and her wisdom gave him confidence to persevere in spite of ill health, a bout with spinal meningitis at age 14 and a lack of formal education.

n 1966, Allen Sapp met Dr. Allan Gonor who became an influential role in Allen Sapp’s artistic career and was the driving force behind the creation of the Allen Sapp Gallery. Gonor recognized Sapp’s talent and amazing potential. He encouraged him to paint the life he knew, rather than the subject matter that he believed would be popular with the public. The Gonor Collection opened in 1989 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, making Allen Sapp the only living Canadian artist, at that time, to have a museum dedicated to his work.

Allen Sapp was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1973. He was one of the first recipients of the Saskatchewan Award of Merit in 1985. Two years later, in 1987, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Jeanne Sauve, in recognition of his achievements in the visual arts. He has had numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and abroad, including New York, Los Angeles and London. The work of Allen Sapp is represented in many private, public and corporate collections. Several books and catalogues have been published about his life and work, including, “Two Spirits Soar - The Art of Allen Sapp”; 1990, by W.P. Kinsella; “Kiskayetum, Allen Sapp - A Retrospective”, 1996, prepared by the MacKenzie Art Gallery; and “I Heard the Drums”, 1996, which featured his thoughts and perspectives and a large selection of his paintings. Allen Sapp passed away in December, 2015, just shy of his 88th birthday.

Links

Allen Sapp 2008 Catalogue

Allen Sapp Gallery
The Gonor Collection website

Allen Sapp: His Story
Video on Through the Eyes of the Cree Website

Songs
Audio: Listen to Allen Sapp perform songs he remembers from his childhood on the Through the Eyes of the Cree site

Facebook Photo Gallery
Recent photos at the Allen Sapp Gallery

As it Happens Audio Clip
Interview with Leah Garvin, curator of Allen Sapp Gallery, North Battleford, Sask, regarding death of Allen Sapp, 2015

Consignments

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