Includes J Akulukjuk, Nellie Appakqaq, Bill Henderson, Stanley Clifford Hunt, Tom Hunt, Charlie Inukpuk, Alex Janvier, Moses Katiak, Iziasie Kopalie, Bessie Kukilukak, Allie Kusudluak, Terry McCue, Napatchie Noah, Daphne Odjig, William Pigalak, Jane Ash Poitras, Kananginak Pootoogook, Lucy Quinnauyuak, Allen Sapp, Pudlalik Shaa, Stewart Steinhauer, U. Unknown
Sunday, June 21, 2020

Showing Allen Sapp, RCA, OC


Established in 1974, with a mandate to support Canadian artists, Canada House Gallery has become a national leader in sharing the artwork of Canada’s Indigenous artists to an international audience.

Located in Banff National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Canada House Gallery acknowledges the Treaty of 1877, Treaty Seven, and the Treaty of 1895 between the salmon and buffalo peoples. There is deep and enduring memory of this valley held by Ktunaxa (too-naa-xha), Secwepemc (sha-whep-mak, or Shuswap), Métis, Dene & Tsuu T'ina, Mountain Cree, Siksika & Blackfoot, and Stoney Nakoda peoples. The Government of Canada, in cooperation with Indigenous organizations, chose the Summer Solstice to recognize and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Join us in honouring Indigenous heritage and culture through this exquisite exhibition of curated artworks by some of Canada’s most prominent Indigenous artists. Northwest Coast, Cree, Ojibwe, Dene Suline/Saulteaux, and Inuit artworks and cultural stories are showcased in this exceptional exhibition.

All artwork subject to presale.

acrylic, canvas
24 x 36 in.
$8,400 CAD

acrylic, canvas
18 x 24 in.
$5,310 CAD

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."

Born on January 2, 1928 in Red Pheasant Reserve near North Battleford, SK. Died on December 28, 2015. Nationality is Cree


Stanley A Milner Library, Edmonton Public Libraries, Edmonton, AB


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


2010 Rocky Mountain Outlook
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 documentary, CBC
1977 "A Cree Life: The Art of Allen Sapp", John Anson Warner and Thecla Bradshaw


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


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