Up Coming Exhibits & Shows
- "We Are Still Here!" - Orillia Museum of Art & History - April 18th to July 12th 2020
Exhibits & Events for 2019
Little Black Frame - Group Show (Invitational)
Dundas Vallay School of Art - November 9th 2019
Promoting We Are Still Here! on
Aurora Cultural Centre - May 9 to August 3
"We Are Still Here!" - Solo Exhibit - May 9 to August 3, 2019 - Aurora Cultural Centre - Aurora, Ontario - 35 new paintings - Reception May 25th 1pm-4pm
We Are Still Here! challenges stereotypes surrounding Indigenous peoples - The Auroran, May 2nd 2019
We Are Still Here! sparks dialogue on contemporary Indigenous Issues - The Auroran, June 6th 2019
- Ways of Seeing - Artist Talk June 5th, 6pm-7:30pm
EXTENDED TO AUGUST 14th
Woodland Cultural Centre - May 25th to
Wa'tkonnonhwerá:ton - Welcome
D. Ahsén:nase Douglas is a Kanien'kehá:ka Painter, Educator and Urban NDN with roots in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory. He works primarily in oil on canvas and considers himself a figurative painter.
Thought for the Day
Every class or workshop I teach, every painting that I sell, buys me a little more time to paint just one more painting. Niawen'ko:wa - D. Ahsén:nase Douglas
The Good News...I'm finally listening to my friends and patrons and will be producing "gallery-quality giclée art prints on 100% cotton rag archival paper that are printed with archival inks and a minimum one-inch border". The first to be available is "Rabbit Ears". More to follow, or if you have a favourite and need it NOW... let me know.
Meanwhile, back at the Aurora Cultural Centre...
Portrait completed from Aurora Cultural Centre demonstration. It was great fun and a challenge trying to paint and talk at the same time while an audience watched. Did complete it after a short time however.
Now taking commissions for those that need something speacial.
Also in the News...
I am pleased to announce that the Woodland Cultural Centre has acquired "Wendigo Triptyck" for their permanent collection. It will be shown at the Aurora Cultural Centre from May 9th to August 3rd, after which it will be delivered for placement within the museum’s Residential School exhibit.
The Collections Registrar had this to say about the painting:
The Executive Director had these kind words to say about the piece:
I am deeply honored & grateful.
What's on the Easel
Now and then I'll post a picture of "What's on the Easel". This is something I like to do with my students to show them what I have to do to reach a finished painting.
The following are small paintings (8x8 inches) created using the Zorn pallet. White, Cad Red, Yellow Orchre, Ivory Black. It's amazing what colors you can mix with just this very limited pallet.
The following is something I did near the end of August.
D. Ahsén:nase Douglas with "Mnidoons" (Little Spirit in Ojibiwa)
Message from Our Ancestors
Shé:kon, skennen'kó:wa Akwé:kon.
Ironically whenever I'm in a classroom I forget to mention a children's story book I wrote & illustrated almost 5 years ago. It's based on a dream I had as a child & includes Mohawk/Kanien’kehá:ka experiences & stories. It was also included on the "First Nations Community Reads" recommended reading list.
If you click on the cover you will be taken to Amazon.ca.
I accept commissions and would be happy to discuss your needs via email or phone. In the past I have taken on portait work as well as large murals, but I am always willing to respond to your ideas!
Studio Contact information
If you have any questions please feel to contact me via email. I will respond within 24 hours or less. I can initially be reached through my contact page.
If you have something in mind let me know. Not all available pieces are featured within my portfolio.
I currently do not have high quality reproductions available of my work.