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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Baie St. Paul
Frederick Grant Banting
Oil on Panel (8.5x10.5 in) 1927
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Birch Trees
Thomas Harold Beament
oil on canvas (36x41 inch) 1925
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Untitled Abstract
William Ronald
watercolour (18x23.5 in) 1979
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Pine Island, Georgian Bay
Arthur Lismer
oil on panel (9x12 in) 1926
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Assiniboine River Bank
Lionel LeMoine Fitzgerald
oil (7.25x8.5 in) 1921
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Fort Garry 1869
Lionel Stephenson
oil on panel (12x18.5 in) 1869
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Loons
Norval Morrisseau
Acrylic on Board (25.5x34.5 in) circa 1978
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Bisset San Antonio
Robert Kost
Oil on Canvas (16x20 in) 1968
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Fickle March
Frank Johnston
oil (20x24 in) 1928
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Sand Lake, Algoma
Arthur Lismer
oil on panel (9x12 in) 1922
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