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Item Name: Painting
Title: Woman Beadworking
Maker: Allen Sapp
Year: 2010
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic paint; canvas
Measurements: overall: 49 cm x 59.5 cm
ID Number: PC2010.6
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: One of Canada’s most respected artists, Allen Sapp was born on Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Treaty 6 territory, and lived in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Known as Kiskayetum (he perceives-it), Sapp created artwork that was deeply rooted in his experience and identity. Known for a photographic memory, he painted daily life as he observed and remembered it growing up with his grandparents on the reserve in the 1930s and 1940s. His work often tells a personal story, with elements and people from his lived experience. In this painting, Sapp depicts a woman beading a pair of gauntlet gloves made of tanned and smoked skins. Often these beaded designs belonged to specific families and were added to clothing and other goods to denote familial meaning. Sapp’s work stands as an important record of the Northern Plains Cree in the early part of the 20th century. Allen Fredrick Sapp (1928 – 2015) Sapp was an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, recipient of the Saskatchewan Award of Merit, Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally, and is held in numerous private, public, and corporate collections, including the Allen Sapp Gallery in North Battleford. His work is also featured in numerous books and films, most notably The Song Within My Heart, Nokum is My Teacher, and A Cree Life.