BIOGRAPHY

"Dee" Ahsén:nase Douglas is a Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) Painter, Educator and Urban NDN with roots in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory. He works primarily with oil on canvas and describes himself as a figurative painter whose work, while sometimes may explore Indigenous themes, does not follow the rigid characteristics of what is stereotypically considered "Indigenous Art" within the context of commerical North America (Turtle Island).

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" as well as the Ontario Arts Council..

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

 

 



 

CURRICULUM VITAE


Future Exhibits & Shows

"We Are Still Here!"- Solo Exhibit - Orillia Museum of Art & History - April 18th to July 12th 2020 (Traveling Exhibit)
"The Conversation" - Group Show - Aurora Cultural Centre - July 31, 2021 to Oct. 23, 2021
Artists’ Connection 7, Sense of Self: Invitational Group Show - Dundas Valley School of Art - 2021 to 2024


Selected Exhibits
"Little Black Frame" - Group Show (Invitational) Dundas Vallay School of Art - 2019
"It's A Good Day To Be" - Featured Artist - Indigenous Art Show - May 25 to August 14th 2019
Woodland Cultural Centre - Brantford, Ontario - 16 New Works (extended 3 weeks)
"We Are Still Here!" - Solo Exhibit - May 9th to August 3rd 2019 - Aurora Cultural Centre - Aurora, Ontario - 39 New Works
Indigenous Art Show - 2018 - Woodland Cultural Centre - Brantford, Ontario
"Little Black Frame" - Group Show (Invitational) Dundas Vallay School of Art - 2017
[Teachings] 2017 - Aurora Cultural Centre - Aurora, Ontario
First Nations Art Show 2017 - Woodland Cultural Centre - Brantford, Ontario
The Artists’ Connection 5: Indigenous Perspectives - September 2016 - June 2019 - Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario
First Nations Art Show 2016 - Woodland Cultural Centre - Brantford, Ontario

Commissions
2019 - Portrait of a Frog, Burlington, Ontario
2014 - Elder Portrait, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation

Collections
2021 - "Before the Siege" - Dundas Valley School of Art (Dundas, ON)
2020 - "Dorothy Sun Bear" - Private Collection
2019 - "Winged Being #1" - Private Collection (Kenora, Canada)
2019 - "Iktome in a Red Bath Robe"- Private Collection (Kenora, Canada)
2019 - "My Bougie Rez Daughter" - Private Collection (New York, USA)
2019 - "Happy Hunting Ground" - Private Collection (Mississippi, USA)
2019 - "Wendigo Triptyck" - Permanent Collection of the Woodland Cultural Centre - Museum Exhibit (Brantford, Ontario)
2019 – “Waiting at Standing Rock” – Private Collection - (Kenora, Ontario)
2018 - "Electric Warrior" - Private Collection (Montana, USA)
2017 - "White Crow" - Little Black Frame Charity Event - Dundas Valley School of Art - (Hamilton Ontario)
2017 - "The Winged People" - Private Collection (Keswick, Ontario)
2017 - "Happy Crow" - Private Collection (Keswick, Ontario)
2017 - "Electric Rabbit" - Private Collection (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, ON)
2016 - "Tatanka #1" - Private Collection (Montana, USA)
2016 - "The Flow" - Private Collection (Mississippi, USA)
2016 - "Brother Bear" - Private Collection (Newmarket, Ontario)
2016 - "Holding Back the Madness & Iktomi in a Red Bath Robe" - Private Collection (Toronto, Canada)
2016 - "Elk #1" - Permanent Collection, Dundas Valley School of Art - (Hamilton Ontario)
2015 - "NDN Crow " - Private Collection - (Queensland Australia)
2014 - "Girl in the Blue Sweater" - Private Collection (Kenora, Canada)
2013 - "Little Dog" - Private Collection (Kenora, Canada)


Selected Education Programs
View Classroom Programs (pictures & video)
Mural - Unionville Public School - 2019 - (Markham, Ontario)
Mural - Sir Wilfrid Laurier Public School - 2019 - (Markham, Ontario)
Mural - Stonebridge Public School - 2017 - (Markham, Ontario)
Mural (Dual) - Adrienne Clarkson Public School - 2017 - (Richmond Hill, Ontario)
Four Directions Murals on Panel- ET Crowle Public School - 2017 - (Markham, Ontario)
ET Crowle Public School - YRDSB Quest - 2017
Silver Stream PS - 4 day program (May 2018)
Stonebridge Public School - 8 week Program - 2017
First Nations Art Inquiry Project - YRDSB - 2016


Press and Publications
SpeakEasy 102.7 CHOP-FM - 20 minute interview promoting We Are Still Here! - June 2019
Video Interview for It's a Good Day to Be... - Woodland Cultural Centre - May 2019
We Are Still Here! sparks dialogue on contemporary Indigenous Issues - The Auroran, June 6th 2019
We Are Still Here! challenges stereotypes surrounding Indigenous peoples - The Auroran, May 2nd 2019
Standing in this Place The First Nations Art Show-2017
The Artists Connection 5: Indigenous art on loan is a conversation starter at Hamilton school
Reverence: Collaboration with Grade 12 Arts Unionville Class of 2017


Grants & Awards
Arts Response Initiative - Ontario Arts Coucil - 2021
Indigenous Visual Arts Material Grant - Ontario Arts Coucil - 2021
Exhibition Assistance Grant - Ontario Arts Coucil - 2019- 2020 
Indigenous Visual Arts Material Grant - Ontario Arts Coucil - 2020
Exhibition Assistance Grant - Ontario Arts Coucil - 2018- 2019 
Indigenous Visual Arts Material Grant - Ontario Arts Coucil - 2019
Visual Artists Creation Projects - Ontario Arts Coucil - 2018-2019
Exhibition Assistance Grant - Ontario Arts Coucil - 2017- 2018 
Indigenous Visual Arts Material Grant - Ontario Arts Coucil - 2018
Indigenous Visual Arts Material Grant - Ontario Arts Coucil - 2017


Residencies, Talks & Public Events
Visiting Artist - "Truth & Reconciliation" - Keswick HS - 2019
Participating Panelist - "Why is Truth & Reconciliation Important?" and "What does Truth & Reconciliation look like for all Canadians?" - Keswick HS - 2019
Visiting Artist - 8 week program - Unionville PS - 2019
Visiting Artist - 7 week program - Sir Wilfrid Laurier PS - - 2019
Visiting Artist - 5 Day Portrait Workshop - Keswich HS - 2018
Indigenous Artist in Residence - York Region District School Board - FNMI Curriculum (2015-present)
Artist in Residence OAC - York Region District School Board - (2017-2018)
Visiting Artist Grade 12 - Vaughn Secondary School - (2018)
Visiting Artist Grade 9 - Vaughn Secondary School - (2018)
Native Studies Speaker -Vaughn Secondary School - (2018)
Visiting Speaker - Markham District High School - (2018)
Visiting Artist - Markham District High School - (2017)
Visiting Artist - Keswick High School - 2017


Curatorial Projects
"We Are Still Here!" - Co-Curator - May 9 to August 3 2019 - Aurora Cultural Centre - Aurora, Ontario

Presentations & Workshops
2019 - Living Library program - Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
2018 - Living Library program - Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
Oil Painting Workshop - Woodland Cultural Centre - Brantford Ontario - July 20th 2019

The Alla Prima Demonstration - Aurora Cultural Centre - July 10, 2019
Ways of Seeing - Aurora Cultural Centre - June 5th 2019
Ignite the Fire - Loyalist College - April 30 2018
2nd Annual FNMI Conference 2018 - MDHS - May 28 & June 1 2018

Memberships & Affiliations
Ontario Arts Council
Canada Arts Council

 

With a very special thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for all their support.