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.

Historical Sale Highlights

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Carriage
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (8.5x12 in) circa 1955
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Canadian Geese
Alfred Joseph Casson
silkscreen (11x9 in) 1930
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Bear Spirit
Norval Morrisseau
acrylic (40x64 in) 1970
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Open Water
Frank Johnston
oil (24x30 in) 1935
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Sans Titre
Jean Paul Riopelle
oil on canvas (7.5x9.5 in) 1950
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Laurie Lake, Gatineau
Robert Genn
Acrylic (11x14 in)
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Remorse
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (24.25x18.5 in) 1953
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Austrian Gendarmes Rifle
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink on Paper (11x13.5 in) 1971
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Sans titre
Marcelle Ferron
oil on canvas (57.5x44.75 in) 1963
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Bringing in the Wood
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (7x5 in) circa 1976
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