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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Soucoupes Volantes
Alfred Pellan
oil on board (12x17.5 in) circa 1952
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Rain Forest Column XXV
Louise Nevelson
Wood Assemblage Black Paint (56x12x14 in) 1967
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Horse Drawn Sled Crossing a Bridge
Franklin Arbuckle
oil (28.5x43 in) 1940
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Boats in the Harbour
Maud Lewis
Oil on board (11.75x13.75 in) circa 1958
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Gimli 79/100
Walter Joseph Phillips
Woodblock (8.5x10.25 in) 1935
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Ben Loman by the Sea
Maud Lewis
Oil on board (11.75x14 in) circa 1962
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Podilian Boots under the Table
William Kurelek
pen & ink (14.5x23 in) 1977
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Black Kittens
Maud Lewis
Oil on Panel (9x11.75 in) circa 1964
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Almost Done Now
Allen Sapp
acrylic (24x30 in) 1986
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Windy Weather, Lake of Two Rivers, Algonquin Park 1940
Franklin Carmichael
oil on panel (12x16 in) 1943
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