Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection – Canadian Fine Art

November 06, 2013

LOT 163

Lot 163


Lot 163 Details


acrylic on canvas
30 ins x 48 ins; 76.2 cms x 121.9 cms

Estimate $2,500-$3,000

Realised: $5,520
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Allen Sapp was born in 1929 on the Red Pheasant Reserve in northern Saskatchewan, a descendant of the great plains Cree Chief, Poundmaker. Sapp was often bedridden as a child, and his grandmother encouraged him to draw to pass the time. She also bestowed upon him the name “Kiskayetum,” which, translated, means “he perceives it.”

Sapp moved to North Battleford in the early 1960’s to attempt a living as a self-taught artist, selling his paintings for a few dollars. It was a chance encounter with Dr. Allan Gonor in 1966 that helped launch his career as a painter. Gonor recognized the artistic potential in Sapp and encouraged him to paint what he knew best - life on the reserve in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Gonor agreed to buy and sell all of Sapp’s paintings as long as he kept himself off welfare. He also arranged for Sapp to study under Wynona Mulcaster, one of Saskatchewan’s leading artists, who was then Professor of Art at the University of Saskatchewan.

Sapp held successful exhibitions in 1969 and 1970 in Saskatoon and Vancouver, respectively, and, within the next five years, his paintings were shown and acclaimed across Canada, as well as in London, New York, and Los Angeles. The MacKenzie Art Gallery held a retrospective exhibition, Kiskayetum: Allen Sapp, A Retrospective, in 1994, the first exposition of his work within a public gallery.

In 1989, the Allen Sapp Gallery: The Gonor Collection, a public art gallery named for a living artist, was opened in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. It houses the most extensive permanent collection of Sapp's paintings. Allen Sapp lives in North Battleford.


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LOT 163

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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