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Allen Sapp
RCA, OC
If you are looking to sell work by Allen Sapp CLICK HERE
2010 YouTube video


MY MOTHER WASHING CLOTHES
AS528
acrylic, canvas
16 x 20 in.  
CREE
$ 4275 CDN


GATHERING FOR A POW WOW SHOWPIECE
AS527
acrylic, canvas
24 x 36 in.  
CREE
$ 8400 CDN


UNTITLED - MOOSE SHOWPIECE
AS523
acrylic, canvas
24 x 36 in.  
CREE
$ 7900 CDN


UNTITLED - RETURNING SHOWPIECE
AS520
acrylic, canvas
24 x 30 in.  
CREE
$ 7375 CDN


UNTITLED - POW WOW SINGERS SHOWPIECE
AS519
acrylic, canvas
22 x 30 in.  
CREE
$ 7360 CDN


UNTITLED - RIVER
AS513
acrylic, board
18 x 24 in.  
CREE
$ 5000 CDN


UNTITLED - THREE HORSES
AS510
acrylic, canvas
18 x 24 in.  
CREE
$ 5310 CDN


UNTITLED - NOOKUM RESTING
AS504
acrylic, canvas
16 x 20 in.  
CREE
$ 4000 CDN


UNTITLED - CLEANING THE BARN
AS498
acrylic, canvas
11 x 14 in.  
CREE
$ 3625 CDN


STANDING OUTSIDE MY CABIN
AS496
acrylic, canvas
16 x 20 in.  
CREE
$ 5275 CDN


UNTITLED - NOOKUM SWEEPING
AS490
acrylic, canvas
18 x 24 in.  
CREE
$ 5310 CDN


UNTITLED - BOUNCING A BALL
AS489
acrylic, canvas
11 x 14 in.  
CREE
$ 3625 CDN


UNTITLED - HARVESTING
AS483
acrylic, canvas
24 x 24 in.  
CREE
$ 6340 CDN


UNTITLED - SWIMMING IN THE RIVER
AS482
acrylic, canvas
16 x 20 in.  
CREE
$ 4275 CDN


UNTITLED - GETTING WATER
AS479
acrylic, canvas
16 x 20 in.  
CREE
$ 4275 CDN


UNTITLED - HORSE HEADS
AS367
acrylic, canvas
7 x 5 in.  
CREE
$ 2145 CDN

Allen Sapp


RCA, OC

January 2, 1928 - Dec 28, 2015

Allen Sapp was born in his grandparent’s log cabin on the Red Pheasant Reserve in Saskatchewan. Allen’s mother died when he was quite young, and his grandmother, Nokum, raised him. Their relationship was very close and despite Nokum’s passing, she was a great influence on Allen’s life.

Allen Sapp was Plains Cree, descended from Chief Poundmaker, who is one of the Great Chiefs and is still honoured by his people today. In his early years, Allen’s health was poor. During a serious illness when he was about eight years old, his grandmother’s sister said that unless Allen was given a new Indian name, he would die. Allen received his Cree name, Kiskayetum; translated it means “He perceives it.” It was the first of many spiritual experiences in his life. When he was in his early teens Allen was bedridden with meningitis, which prevented him from attending school. Unable to read or write, Allen spent the hours of solitude sketching and drawing, which suited his shy temperament. A self-taught artist, when Allen first started working in oils his pallet was restricted by his budget to only a few colours. His early paintings were done in white, brown and black.

Allen Sapp later moved to North Battleford, Saskatchewan, where he painted at night and walked the streets during the day to find buyers for his work. When he was in his mid-thirties, he met Dr. Allan Gonor, who became a very good friend and patron. Dr. Gonor encouraged Allen to paint what he remembered of life growing up on the reserve. He promised to buy much of Allen’s work and arranged the sale of other paintings so that Allen could make a living as an artist without having to rely on welfare. With Dr. Gonor’s support, Allen never looked back. Allen's art is a window to life on the reserve as it was when he was growing up in the 1930's and 40's. Many of these scenes have disappeared from current reserve life. Allen's paintings depict the struggle for survival by a proud people in a harsh environment.

In 1969 and 1970, successful exhibitions in Saskatoon and Vancouver launched Allen’s career. Within the next five years, Allen Sapp’s paintings were widely exhibited and acclaimed throughout Canada, and in London, New York and Los Angeles.

Allen Sapp is an inspiration to younger Native painters across Canada. At the "New Beginnings" Native Art Show, held in conjunction with the Native Business Summit in Toronto in June 1986, Allen Sapp was singled out as a Senior Native artist in Canada, "whose contributions to the present renaissance of Native art and culture will only be measured by history."


Allen Sapp
RCA, OC



Affiliations
1975 Royal Canadian Academy of Art
1987 Officer of the Order of Canada


Awards
1995 Saskatchewan Arts Board's Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts, three paintings were selected to hang in the Canadian
Embassy in Moscow
1985 Saskatchewan Award of Merit


Credits
1989 Opening and dedication of the Allen Sapp Gallery - The Gonor Collection, North Battleford, SK



Exhibitions
2017 CANADA 150, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2017 a retrospective, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2010 Paintings from the 1960'2 - 2000's, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2007 Hockey Times, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2007 Solo exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2002 "Recollections," Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2000 "Remembering," Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
1996 Humberston-Edwards Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
1994 Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
1993 Humberston-Edwards Gallery, Vancouver, BC
"Kiskayetum - Allen Sapp: A Retrospective," Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
Master's Gallery, Calgary, AB
Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
"Kiskayetum - Allen Sapp: A Retrospective", Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, QC
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
Hollander-York Gallery, Toronto, ON
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
Allen Sapp Gallery: The Gonor Collection, North Battleford, SK
Assiniboia Bessborough, Saskatoon, SK
Wilfert's Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
Master's Gallery, Calgary, AB
West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB


Publications
2010 Rocky Mountain Outloo/a>
1996 "I Heard the Drums", Allen Sapp, published by Stoddart, three paintings were selected for UNICEF'S card series
1990 "Two Spirits Soar: The Art of Allen Sapp", published by Stoddart
1994 "On the Road Again", CBC
1989 "Allen Sapp: For Art's Sake", film documentary, STV
1983 "Four Prairie Artists", film documentary, CBC
1973 "Colours of Pride", film documentary, National Film Board of Canada
1971 "By Instinct A Painter", film documenatry, CBC
1977 "A Cree Life: The Art of Allen Sapp", John Anson Warner and Thecla Bradshaw
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