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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Dawn 6/15
Leo Mol
Bronze (17.5x3.5x3.75 in) 1990
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Old Tourist Camp, Keewatin
Walter Joseph Phillips
watercolour (7.25x12 in) 1920
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Covered Bridge with Oxen
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (11.75x13.75 in) circa 1960
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Nokum is Making Bannock
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (16x20 in) circa 2003
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Oxen Pulling a Log
Maud Lewis
oil on panel (13.75x11.5 in) 1962
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Buffalo Watering Hole
Frederick Arthur Verner
oil on canvas (20x30 in)
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Mist Fantasy
James Edward Hervey MacDonald
Sampson Matthews Silkscreen (30x40 in) circa 1948
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Untitled
Paterson Ewen
Oil on Canvas (18x59.75 in) 1955
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Model Pulling Back Her Hair_3215
Leo Mol
pencil (13x10 in) 1984
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Still Life with Yellow Asters
William Goodridge Roberts
oil on canvas (29x36 in) 1955
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