Up Coming Exhibits & Shows
The Conversation: Group Show - Aurora Cultural Center - July 31 to Oct 23, 2021
We Are Still Here -Solo Exhibition - Orillia Museum of Art & History - April 17th to August 7th 2021
Our Elders tell us that our feet have walked upon the back of Turtle Island for time immemorial. Our resiliency has been proven time and time again, we have faced genocide both physical and cultural, betrayal at the hands of our allies, residential schools, and the murder of our women and girls. Despite this... We Are Still Here! – Ahsén:nase
Taken from the OMAH blog: Not Your Mother's Woodland Style Art
Exhibits & Events for 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
Ahsén:nase "Dee" 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 whose work while expressing current Indigenous themes do not follow the rigid characteristics of what is stereotypically found within Turtle Island.
Due to the closure of my publisher I am now publishing my children's story book, Coyoto Boy and Ahaw, Anishinaabem (OK, Speak Ojibwe) by B. Jeff Monague: click here to be taken to the book page.
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 - Ahsén:nase D. Douglas
A York Region District School Board Story
Released June 2020
Regarding It's a Good Day to Be...
Of special note, I also want to acknowledge this years solo exhibition artist Deron Ahsen:nase Douglas. His portrait paintings are lively, nuanced and full of character (kind of like the artist himself)... The exhibition is in many ways a response to the prevalence of "trauma art" found throughout the Indigenous contemporary art world. This kind of work of course is vital and important to present very real issues and concerns, equally needed is an alternative view that broadens the scope of what it means to be Indigenous. In a way Douglas is subverting expectations with his presentation of paintings that illustrate our more humerous nature through the personalities depicted in his portraits of his Indigenous friends and family.
Naomi Johnson - Artistic Director - Woodland Cultural Centre, 2019
What the audience is saying about It's a Good Day to Be...
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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.
During this time of self-isolation I've taken it upon myself to spend this time working on a number of projects and topics I would typically not have time to consider given the deadlines I am usually under. One such topic is pure figurative studies of the human form in a more or less classical sense. This is a good way to sharpen your eye and your skills as you try to "turn the form".
"Juliet" Oil on Canvas - 18x36 inches: Available
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.
Ahsén:nase D. Douglas with "Mnidoons" (Little Spirit in Ojibiwa)
Available Inquires welcome
Message from Our Ancestors
Oil on Canvas
Check out Extras and Watch this painting being created.
Each year I also work with different schools and school boards within southern Ontario to bring Indigenous based learning through art and story telling.
Some of those projects can be viewed here: School Projects
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 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.
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.
I would also like to acknowledge the following organizations for their continued support. Niawen'ko:wah