Artwork by Jane Ash Poitras,  Multiple Cultures

Jane Ash Poitras
Multiple Cultures

mixed media on canvas
signed lower right; titled on the reverse; unframed
20 x 16 ins ( 50.8 x 40.6 cms )

Auction Estimate: $2,200.00$1,800.00 - $2,200.00

Price Realized $1,725.00
Sale date: March 14th 2018

Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
Private Collection, Alberta
“Jane Ash Poitras: New Paintings”, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, 2015
Kinsman Robinson Galleries, “Jane Ash Poitras: New Paintings”, exhibition catalogue, Toronto, 2015, page 24, reproduced

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Jane Ash Poitras

Jane Ash Poitras began to seek her Chipewyan roots only in early adulthood, after a Roman Catholic upbringing. She earned a degree in microbiology and then went on to study art, completing her postgraduate studies in printmaking at Columbia University in 1985. There she was exposed to the work of American artists including Mark Rothko, Kurt Schwitters, Robert Rauschenberg, and Cy Twombly. Like them, she layers images and text into multiple narrative strands, a technique she has carried from printmaking to painting.

Poitras has pursued the knowledge and practice of indigenous spirituality for many years, embracing personal, historical, and contemporary aspects of Native spiritual life. She has sought to understand and enrich her own spiritual being through research, the teaching of elders and shamans, and participation in ceremonial life. She has also explored the relationship of personal identity with cultural identity and the history of Native people, integrating these into her art making.

Source: National Gallery of Canada