The Artists’ Connection 5: Indigenous Perspectives
September 2016-June 2019
Traveling throughout the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, this art education exhibition offers schools a unique opportunity to bring Indigenous artists and their art into the classrooms in order to share their work and artistic practice with students. Beginning in September 2016, the exhibition will visit 9 schools per year for 3 years, with a possible extension.
This unique program of exhibition and artist appearances is designed to create a relationship between the Indigenous visual arts community and the public schools, interacting with children at a most meaningful time in their lives.
Press and Publications
Wa'tkonnonhwerá:ton - Welcome
Deron 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.
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 July 27th, 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:
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 product.
Below is a color study created in oils on canvas. It's a pretty small painting when you consider I paint fairly large. I finished it in a couple of hours while listening to a Vincent Desiderio PodCast. The goal it to work out the colors and the composition, and to get an idea of any trouble spots that may occur. I TRY to do this before any large projects... sometime I get lazy and have to work twice as hard in the end.
The model is Chief Isadore Day, Past Regional Chief of Ontario. Nia:wen for allowing me to paint you twice!
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.
If you prefer, contact me and you can get the book for the same price as Amazon but I will inscribe it with a message for that special someone. You'll need to send me you name, address and inscription in an email (see my contact page) and I'll send you a PayPal link to make payment.
Shipping time depends on the post office so give yourself enough time if it's a gift.
That's it for now... Ó:nen ki' wáhi
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.