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  • WAAH 124th Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Who:  The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH) at the Art Gallery of..
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    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition Venice | February 13..
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    Location: SASKATOON, SK

    LOOK AGAIN! HELD OVER TO JAN 31 2020 Exhibition at University..
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  • The Indian Contemporary Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY, ON

    The Indian Contemporary Art Competition (ICAC) aims to discover and promote talented artists..
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  • The Loft On King Street

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Loft On King Street is one of the most unique private event..
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  • Cut/Paste/Resist

    Location: Fredericton , NB

    Call for Submissions Cut/Paste/Resist: A Pop-Up Exhibition In times of protest and social upheaval..
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    Location: Guelph, ON

    A merry matinee for people of all ages! Settle in by the furnace..
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  • Exhibition of Artwork Submissions for 2019 Hydro Box Beautification Competition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    In partnership with the Communities in Bloom committee and Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro, the Niagara..
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    Location: Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, QC

    Deadline: January 10, 2020. The eight-week residency periods, which bring together four artists and..
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  • 2021 Multifaith Calendar – Call for Submissions

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Each year, the Multifaith Action Society invites artists to submit works of art..
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  • Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition 2020 Call for Entry

    Location: Toronto (GTA), ON

    Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 1st, 2020 -- Exhibition Dates: March 30 – April 18,..
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  • VOYZX Exhibition of Contemporary Surrealism

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    VOYZX Exhibition of Contemporary Surrealism 2020 is an annual international art exhibition, dedicated..
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  • Gallery Ring “World” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring seeks artists interested in submitting works of places that they hold..
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  • Solo Art Series #14 - Solo Art Exhibition Opportunity

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 14th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • Call for Artists - 59th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

    Location: Toronto, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS The #CallForArtists for @TorontoOutdoorArtFair, Canada’s leading outdoor art fair, opens November..
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  • OPEN CALL - 1-month residency Summer 2020 w/ stipend

    Location: St. Andrews, NB

    Every year KIRA awards eighteen artists with a one month residency. Artists are..
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  • Call for Art - 5th Annual Landscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Landscapes online art competition. For this..
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  • Call for Art - 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call for Artists | Spring 2020

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art is thrilled to announce our Call for Artists to apply..
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  • “Portraits” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline December 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Portraits of people and animals tell such great stories. They evoke..
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  • Award-Winning Into the Void Seeks Your Art for Issue 15

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Award-winning Toronto-based literary magazine and publisher Into the Void seeks visual art for..
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  • North Shore Art Crawl 2020 Registration Open

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Register for the 2020 North Shore Art Crawl, a weekend event where you..
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  • Art of the West Show and Sale

    Location: Kamloops, BC

    Calling for entries into our juried show. Three categories; Drawing and Painting, Photography..
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  • Unravelling Identites

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Diana Ohiozebau was born in Leeds, England and raised in Nigeria. She is..
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  • Featured Artist in Arts Shark

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Eva Lewarne is the featured artist on ARTSY SHARK! Using signature pixelated shapes, artist..
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  • Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it

    Location: Calgary, AB

    November 1- December 14, 2019 TRUCK Contemporary Art is pleased to present Like the winter..
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  • Intermediate Watercolour Workshop - July 15, 16th, 2020

    Location: Baie St Paul , QC

    Contemporary artist Julie Donec is offering a two day watercolour workshop designed for..
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  • Artist's Lens 2020

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all ASA Juried, Life & Associate Members..
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    Location: venice ,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Show | December 05, 2019..
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  • Subversive Celebration: International Altered Card Exhibition

    Location: Vermillion, SD

    Challenge the social custom of giving boring store-bought greeting cards for every occasion..
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  • Ageism

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all Artists to participate in the exhibition,..
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Figure Artists in Ontario

Deron Douglas Ahsén:nase


Aboriginal, Drawing, Figure, Illustrator, Painter, Sculptor


Ahsén:nase is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) artist/author 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 illustrates children’s story books and creates unique fine art inspired by his First Nations culture.

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”.

I have been a creator of art, either in paint, stone, photography or wood, for more than 40 years, and during that time a common question is usually asked of me... “What does this mean?”

While my personal experiences and feelings are responsible for the creation of this art, I think it is more important to ask yourself... “What does this mean to you?”

In the end I believe, that's all that matters. A piece of art will mean different things to different people and one needs to find that feeling of “connected-ness” in order to appreciate it.

About my paintings...

My style has changed over the years to reflect my tastes and interests. And like those before me, other artists have influenced the way I view the world, my selection of color and the execution of a brush stroke. For example, I once painted ultra-realistic images based on nature; I then switched to a style that could at best could be considered impressionistic.

Over the years I have learned that as we travel along the path of this life, experiencing both the good and the bad, we pick up pebbles along the way that speak to us. My artistic journey from realism to impressionism allowed me to pick up the pebbles of accidental brush strokes and a wonder at the magic of a single dab of white paint.

To my mind art is the interpretation of a three dimensional world on a two dimensional surface, it is an abstraction of reality that has been heavily influenced by the artist’s mind, spirit and experiences along that path. It’s the pebbles that make their way to the surface.

My current tastes move me to paint with bold colors, careful design and in some cases, a touch of humor. My subject matter is influenced by my Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) culture and is in most cases a feeling or a thought that I wish to express.

For example “Mnidoonsag” (Ojibwa for insects meaning “Little Spirits”) resulted from my wonder at the magic of fireflies. Even at my age I am awestruck by these little beings whenever I am fortunate enough to see them. I consider it a gift and feel blessed to be able to feel this wonder.

Other topics such as those depicted by “Holding Back the Madness” and “Iktomi in his Red Bathrobe” came from a more serious topic. In this case, the results of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) findings on the atrocities committed to our children by the government of Canada with its enforcement of residential schools.

Generally speaking, most of my paintings will depict the strength, beauty, spirit and humor found within my culture and the culture of other First Nations people on Turtle Island. Currently my paintings have themes that depict Native Spirituality. This in itself, is a form of "de-colonization" as the practice of our own spirituality was outlawed for a long time and almost extinguished through residential schools both in Canada and the USA.

After reading this and viewing a sampling of my work I hope that your tastes run parallel to mine. Perhaps we share some common pebbles.