Jane Ash Poitras Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1951)

Jane Ash Poitras was born a Cree in Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta in 1951. Orphaned at six years with the death of her mother from tuberculosis, she was raised in Edmonton by Marguerite Runck, an elderly German lady at a time when “people did not take too kindly to Indians.” She was also raised in the Catholic church with an atmosphere of prayer, dreams, and spirits imparted to her by this woman she affectionately refers to as “Grandma.” Her upbringing had a strong spiritual component which facilitated her transition toward a Native spirituality in her adult life. Her schooling was not a residential school experience, but rather a conventional school situation of a distinctly non-Native perspective, which coincided with her development as an artist.

She pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in micro-biology and then a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in printmaking, both at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Poitras’ interest in her medium took her to Yale University and then to Columbia University in New York, where she completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree in printmaking. It was here that she was introduced not only to the medium of collage, but to a non-Western aesthetic by her most influential instructors who were of Japanese heritage.

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Buffalo Resting
Frederick Arthur Verner
Watercolour (13.5x20.5 in) circa 1905
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Ascending Orange
Doug Morton
oil on canvas (84x57 in) 1965
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Whistler Passage
Robert Genn
Acrylic (20x24 in) 1993
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Untitled
Guido Molinari
Oil on Canvas (12x16 in) 1954
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The Butterfly
William Kurelek
oil on panel (14x11 in) 1964
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Sunset, Lake of the Woods 197/300
Walter Joseph Phillips
colour woodcut (7.125x8.375 in) 1928
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Pen Knife with Wittled Pieces of Tree
William Kurelek
pen & ink (10.88x7 in)
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Deer and Hunter
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (9x12 in) 1961
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Blackfoot Indian Woman
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil on canvas (12.5x12.5 in) 1930
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Eskimo with Dog
Leo Mol
ceramic (7x6.5x4.25 in) 1956
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