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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
- Painting Demo - Alla Prima - July 10th 2019, 6pm-7:30pm


Woodland Cultural Centre - May 25th to July 27th

"It's A Good Day To Be" - Featured Artist - Indigenous Art Show - May 25 to August 14th 2019 - Woodland Cultural Centre - Brantford, Ontario - 15 new paintings - Reception May 25th 7pm-9pm

- Workshop July 20th 2019, 10am-4pm - Portraiture in Oil.

Oil Painting Workshop with a live model at Woodland Cultural Centre, Branford Ontario. July 20th 2019

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




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:
" inspires a good representation of what a child might have felt going to a residential school. I am absolutely delighted to be able to put it in the museum..."

The Executive Director had these kind words to say about the piece:
"[Wendigo Triptych] will be displayed as part of the permanent exhibition area showcasing artifacts from the Mohawk Institute found during the recent renovations to the building. "Wendigo" is a timely work which perfectly embodies the terror, isolation, loneliness, and cultural depravations experienced by the Indigenous children brought to the Mohawk Institute Residential School."

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.

I started this painting the day after I finished delivering 56 paintings to the two solo shows that I was involved in this year. Prior to this I had promised myself I would relax for the remainder of the summer and gather my thoughts. No painting.

Of course as a painter this is being totally unrealistic, especially after spending the last 1.5-2 years painting every day for 6-15 hours 7 days a week. I had an idea from a life drawing that I created, and I wanted to see where it would lead!

I decided to call it "Mnidoons" which means "Little Spirit" in Ojibwa. Thank you to Jeff Monague for giving me this word and explaining it's meaning.

Now Complete and Available -

Check Portfolio for final painting


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

Coyote Boy


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.

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I would also like to acknowledge the following organizations for their continued support. Niawen'ko:wah