D. Ahsen:nase Douglas
Art is the interpretation of a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional surface; it is an abstraction of reality, heavily influenced by the artist’s culture, spirit and experiences along an unseen path. As we travel along that path, experiencing both the good and the bad, we are picking up pebbles along the way that speak to us.
My paintings are an expression of those pebbles collected along the path.
D. Ahsén:nase Douglas is a Kanien’kehá:ka painter, author, teacher and Urban NDN with roots in the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory.
Working with oils on canvas he creates unique paintings inspired by his Kanien’kehá:ka culture and the culture of other First Nations people.
This culture he states, “...is an abundant source of creative expression” that helps him to entwine traditional values with contemporary subject matter.
The artist’s work currently explores Indigenous identity, culture and perspectives through portraiture and characterizations. His paintings can be found within private and public collections across Canada and the United States, as well as Australia.
He is self-taught with formal training in art history and visual design, photography, computer science, social science and education. As an Indigenous Artist in Residence for the YRDSB he has been given the opportunity to share his art, culture and stories to a variety of students.
Ahsén:nase is also recognized by the Canada Arts Council as a professional "Indigenous and Visual Artist".