Indigenous Art Exhibit
May 26 - July 28, 2018
WOODLAND CULTURAL CENTRE
184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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.
Shé:kon, skennen'kó:wa Akwé:kon.
Exciting news, I have been offered a solo show running from May 10 to Aug 10 2019 at the Aurora Cultural Centre. I have been asked to fill two adjoining galleries, so I've been working feverishly trying to get some new and exciting paintings finished in time. My hope is to make this a “travelling art show”, so if you are a gallery and would like to be included, please contact me with any questions you may have.
This exhibit will be geared towards school visits, and will explore various Indigenous topics through portraiture and characterisation.
Hope you can make it.
That's it for now... Ó:nen ki' wáhi
If you are a school, schoolboard or organization and would like me to visit your classroom, please feel free to contact me with the form below. I'm not posting my email address publically due to spam, but after our first exchange you can contact me directly via email.
When contacting me, please specify what your expectations are and the date or dates of the engagement. I can give you an idea of the costs involved and what may be required. Keep in mind that any workshop or talk is best accomplished with smaller groups with no more than 40 participants depending on the activity.
If you are outside of the York region, there may be an additional travel fee based on kilometers traveled.
What have I done in the past? This link will take you to some projects I've completed to date: View Samples
Some activities not be reflected in the samples above are Indigenous Education Symposium workshops, FMNI Education Conference (Kairos Blanket Exercise & debrief) and an introduction to Indigenous culture (gr6-12) and historical trauma.(9-12). Material is adjusted according to age and needs of the audience.
I am also open to your needs and will design a programs based on those needs. A phone conversation is a best practice. For those schools or organizations that are new, please allow a small deposit before the date of engagement. This will be deducted from the final invoice.
Murals created with student participation after a number of classes to facilitate an understanding of Indigenous culture.
The following images/paintings are 2-3 years old. Due to obligations with certain galleries, I'm afraid I cannot post images of current work that is destined for those locations.
Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas is a Kanien’kehá:ka artist, author, teacher and Urban NDN with roots in the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory.
Working with oils on canvas (although he has dabbled in stone and wood carving, clay, photography, water color, acrylic and print-making), he now creates unique fine art inspired by his Kanien’kehá:ka culture and the culture of other First Nations people.
This culture he states, “...is an abundant source of creative expression” that helps him to entwine traditional values with contemporary subject matter. Working with bold colors, a crisp design and a unique sense of humour, he creates what he calls “a culmination of pebbles picked up along the path”.
He continues to work within his favourite medium and signs his oil paintings with his Kanien’kéha name as he did more than 40 years ago.
The artist is currently working on a number of large scale paintings for a solo show in 2019 that examines Native North American/First Nations/Indigenous identity, culture and perspectives through portaiture and characterizations. His paintings can be found within private collections across Canada and the United States, as well as Australia.
He has formal training in the fine arts (art history and visual design), photography, computer science, social science, education and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. 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.
- Indigenous Art Show - May 26 to July 27 2018 - Woodland Cultural Centre - Brantford, Ontario
- Solo Exhibit - May 10 to August 10 2019 - Aurora Cultural Centre - Aurora, Ontario
- [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
- 2014 - Elder Portrait, Big Trout First Nation
- 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)Permanent Collection DVSA - Traveling Art Education Exhibition - Artists’ Connection 5: First Nations Perspectives.
Duration of exhibit 3+ years.
- 2015 - "NDN Crow " - Private Collection - (Queensland Australia)
- 2014 - "Girl in the Blue Sweater" - Private Collection (Kenora, Canada)
- 2013 - "Rez Dog" - Private Collection (Kenora, Canada)
- View Samples
- Mural - Stonebridge Public School - 2017 - (Markham, Ontario)
- Mural (Dual) - Adrienne Clarkson Public School - 2017 - (Richmond Hill, Ontario)
- Four Directions Murals - ET Crowle Public School - 2017 - (Markham, Ontario)
Press and Publications
- 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
Grants & RESIDENCE
- Artist in Residence - York Region District School Board - FNMI Curriculum (2015-2018)
- Indigenous Visual Arts Material Grant - OAC - 2017
- Indigenous Visual Arts Material Grant - OAC - 2018
- Exhibition Assistance Grant - OAC - 2018
Presentations & Workshops
- Ignite the Fire - Loyalist College - April 30 2018
- 2nd Annual FNMI Conference 2018 - MDHS - May 28 & June 1 2018
I would also like to acknoweldge and thank the following organizations
for their continued support. Niawen'ko:wa
Copyright 2016 Deron Douglas