Jane Ash Poitras

Over her long, productive and acclaimed career, Jane Ash Poitras has taken viewers of her work down many different paths of discovery reflecting her own journeys in search of knowledge, inspiration and spiritual revelation.

In the process her works have explored a wide range of topics ranging from Aboriginal history, culture and politics; the influence of plants on indigenous cultures; the impact and influence of significant historical and contemporary high profile individuals. In all of her works she has been the storyteller, combining disparate idea and images to create works that express new ways of looking at the world.

She continues that storytelling in this exciting body of new work, focussing on, but not limited to, some of the most iconic and influential people in both the historical and modern worlds. Each work tells a story, sometimes obvious, sometimes obscure, expressing her unique perception of her world and the issues, elements and people that define it.  What she is doing visually is to honour and continue the storytelling tradition of her ancestors.

Born in the isolated Indian community of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, Jane Ash Poitras' abundant talent and solid academic achievement have provided a solid foundation for her ongoing examination of the issues surrounding acculturation.
Her academic achievements include a B.Sc. in Microbiology and a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Alberta and an M.F.A. in Printmaking from Columbia University in New York City.
Over the past l0 years her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in commercial galleries, public galleries and museums in the United States, Canada and around the world. Her work is included in numerous public, corporate and private collections. Public collections include the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Columbia University, New York; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Vancouver Art Gallery; McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario; and the National Gallery, Ottawa.
Jane Ash Poitras currently lives and works in Alberta.

EDUCATION
1985 - Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking, Columbia University, New York, NY
1983 - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
1982 - Summer Program in Printmaking and Drawing, Yale University, Hartford, CT
1977 - Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (Specialization), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2007 - Shamans - Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton
2005 - Cultural Hierophany - Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton
2004 - The Ethnobotany Show – Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Touring)
2004 – Galerie d’Art Vincent, Ottawa
2003 – Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton
2003 – Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, ON
2002 – Galerie d’Art Vincent, Ottawa
2001 - Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, ON
2000 - Mikinook Gallery, Delft, The Netherlands
1999 - Canadian Cultural Centre, Canadian Embassy, Paris, France
1999 - Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
1999 - “Ceremony,” Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, ON
1998 - “Shamans and Sages,” Russell Gallery, Peterborough, ON
1998 - “Holy Man,” Joy Tash Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1997 - “New Paintings,” Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, ON
1996 - Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, ON
1995 - Russell Gallery, Peterborough, ON
1994 - “New Work,” Robertson Gallery, Ottawa, ON
1994 - Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ON
1993 - Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
1993 - Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ON
1993 - West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1992/1993 - “Who Discovered The Americas?” (Touring)  Thunder Bay Art Gallery,
Thunder Bay, ON.  Curated by Janet Clark.
1992 - “Recycled Blackboards,” Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ON
1992 - “Americas,” Andalusian Pavilion at Expo ’92, Seville, Spain
1992 - “Shamanic Journey,” Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ON
1991 - “Peyote Visions,” Woltjen Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1991 - “New Work,” Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1990 - “Power Shields,” West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1990 - “Indigenous Blackboards,” Woltjen Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1989 - “Fort Chip Blackboards,” West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1988 - “Fort Chip Breakfast Club,” Fort Chipewyan Bicentennial, Provincial Museum, Edmonton, AB.  Curated by Dr. Pat McCormack.
1987 - “Sweat Lodge Etchings,” (Touring)  Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.  Curated by Karen Duffek.
1987 - Vik Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1986 - “Prints and Collages,” Brignall Gallery, Toronto, ON
1985 - Vik Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1985 - Robert Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1985 - MFA Thesis Show, Columbia University, New York, NY

COLLECTION
Aboriginal Affairs, Government of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Alberta Culture Art Collection, Edmonton, AB
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, AB
Alberta Indian Arts & Crafts Society Collection, Edmonton, AB
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON
Justice Department, Government of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Bank of Montreal
Bank of Nova Scotia
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
Canadian Native Arts Foundation, Toronto, ON
Joan Chalmers Collection, Toronto, ON
City of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
Confederation Centre for the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Ernst Young Collection, Toronto, ON
Agnes Etherington Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
External Affairs Canada, Ottawa, ON
Hewlett Packard Limited Collection, Toronto, ON
Indian Art Centre, Ottawa, ON
Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, B.C.
Laurentian University Museum and Art Centre, Sudbury, ON
Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, ON
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
Mikisew Cree Nation, Fort Chipewyan, AB
Mississauga Art Gallery, Mississauga, ON
National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Toronto, ON
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Nestles Canada Ltd. Collection, Toronto, ON
Nova Scotia Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
Peace Hills Trust Company, Edmonton, Alberta
Peguis First Nation, Manitoba
Robin Phillips Collection, Stratford, ON
Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto, ON
Maurice and Hanne Strong, New York and Colorado
Syncrude Canada Limited Collection, Fort McMurray, AB
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, AB
University of Alberta Permanent Collection, Edmonton, AB
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, Banff, AB
Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, ON
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Woodland Indian Cultural Educational Centre, Brantford, ON
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Poundmaker’s Ghost

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 16 x 12 Inches
Code No.: JAP198
Price: $2,400.00
SOLD

Language Power

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 16 x 12 Inches
Code No.: JAP197
Price: $2,400.00

Transformation Bear Shaman

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Board
Size: 12 x 10 Inches
Code No.: JAP196
Price: $1,500.00

Shaman Flight

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Board
Size: 12 x 8 Inches
Code No.: JAP195
Price: $1,200.00 Framed

E=MC Squared

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 72 x 40 Inches
Code No.: JAP180
Price: $30,000.00

Fort Chip Future

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 30 x 66 Inches
Code No.: JAP181
Price: $20,000.00

Fort Chip Boy

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 30 x 20 Inches
Code No.: JAP183
Price: $7,500.00

Oil Sands Teepees

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Code No.: JAP201
Price: $4,000.00

From Teepee to Hobbema Residential School

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Board
Size: 15 x 15 Inches
Code No.: JAP199
Price: $3,000.00

Empowerment

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 20 x 16 Inches
Code No.: JAP190
Price: $4,000.00

Ecstacy

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 20 x 16 Inches
Code No.: JAP191
Price: $4,000.00

Cofan and Curare

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Board
Size: 24 x 12 Inches
Code No.: JAP200
Price: $3,800.00 Framed

Eli’s Spirit Eagle

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 16 x 12 Inches
Code No.: JAP193
Price: $2,400.00

Protected Courage

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 16 x 12 Inches
Code No.: JAP194
Price: $2,400.00

North, West, East, South

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 12 x 16 Inches
Code No.: JAP178
Price: $2,550.00 Framed

Shaman Spirit

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Board
Size: 15 x 10 Inches
Code No.: JAP177
Price: $2,050.00 Framed

Generations

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 10 x 12 Inches
Code No.: JAP175
Price: $1,650.00 Framed
SOLD

First Snowfall

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Panel
Size: 10 x 15 Inches
Code No.: JAP162
Price: $2,150.00 Framed

Sacred Silver Grizzly Forever

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Panel
Size: 15 x 12 Inches
Code No.: JAP161
Price: $2,450.00 Framed

Day of Our Child

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Board
Size: 12 x 14 Inches
Code No.: JAP145
Price: $2,300.00

Lamas

Artist: Jane Ash Poitras
Medium: Mixed Media on Panel
Size: 13 x 8 Inches
Code No.: JAP46
Price: $1,450.00 Framed