Sam Ash

Sam Ash is from Sioux Lookout and was born in 1951.  Born Ojibwa, he was adopted by a Metis couple after his mother died during childbirth.  He began painting at age 6 when he went to the Ontario School for the Deaf in Belleville. Over time, his paintings would grace the collection at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull and the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City Michigan.  From the start he received acclaim for his excellent application of paint and boldness in design; his haunting designs are often fluid, appearing as the subject matter of dreams. Despite the demand for his work, he stopped painting in 1992 suffering personal difficulties and tribulations.  “Rising from the Ashes” was the headline in the Toronto Star hailing his comeback show in 2005.  The show was a triumphant success, bringing in $40,000 while selling almost all of the 60 works on display.

Pregnant Snake at Red Sun
Acrylic on Canvas
18" X 14"

Bird Family
Acrylic on paper
24" x 20"
circa 1995