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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Two Small Boys
William Winter
oil (12x16 inch)
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Scintilla 7/20
Rita Letendre
Silkscreen (28x38 in) 1972
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Alert Bay Totem
Charlie James
Carved and Painted Wood (45x18.5x8 in) circa 1925
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Village in the Laurentians
Clarence Gagnon
Sampson-Matthews Silkscreen (19.5x28.5 in)
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Grain Elevator at La Salle 101/200
Walter Joseph Phillips
colour woodcut (8x12.5 in) 1931
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Red Pine, Lake of the Woods
Walter Joseph Phillips
watercolour (11.5x7 in) 1921
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Birch Trees, Sleigh and Covered Bridge
Maud Lewis
oil on board (9.25x12.12 in) circa 1958
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Reclining Figure
John Pangnark
Soapstone (5.25x2.25x2.87 in) circa 1960
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Grazing
Maud Lewis
oil on board (11.5x13.75 in) circa 1963
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Pine Island, Georgian Bay
Arthur Lismer
oil on panel (9x12 in) 1926
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