Indigenous Art 2021 Artist, D. Ahsén:nase Douglas

Welcome to Woodland Cultural Centre’s Indigenous Art 2021 Exhibition.

Established in 1975, this is one of the longest running multi-media exhibitions that provide artists an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery setting. WCC is pleased to announce the return of this annual Juried Exhibition and we can’t wait to share the selected works with the public. Indigenous Art 2021 will be running September 11 – November 20, 2021.


Meet Artist, D. Ahsén:nase Douglas

D. Ahsén:nase Douglas is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) painter, children’s story book author and illustrator, 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 exploring Indigenous themes, does not follow the rigid characteristics of what is stereotypically considered “Indigenous Art” within the context of a commercial North America. 

His culture, he states “…is an abundant source of creative expression” that helps him to entwine traditional values and experiences within contemporary subject matter. 

The artist’s work currently explores Indigenous identity, culture, perspectives, characterizations and stories through the “figure”. 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 over the years. 

Ahsén:nase is also recognized by the Ontario Arts Council as well as  the Canada Council for the Arts as a professional “Indigenous Visual Artist”. 


Artist Statement 

My work is an extension of the questions I have regarding this current reality and how the spirit can best use its time within this human form. I see the purpose of this journey as a learning experience where the goal is to walk along the path of kindness. 

Like my art, I will not be complete until the end. 


D. Ahsén:nase Douglas’ Featured Artwork

D. Ahsén:nase Douglas

You Can’t Drink Oil, 2019

34” x 34” / 86.4cm x 86.4cm

Oil on canvas














D. Ahsén:nase Douglas

Spirit Painting 1: “My Little Posy”, 2021

24” x 48” / 60.9cm x 121.9cm

Oil on Belgian Linen






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Make sure to book your admission tickets to see Indigenous Art 2021! Can’t make it into the Museum? Watch our Facebook Livestream Here, where we take you around the Gallery to showcase the exhibition.