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Allen Sapp Allen Sapp is a famous Indian artist He was born in 1928 on the Red Pheasant Reserve near Battleford Saskatchewan He was raised and cared for by his grandmother Maggie Soonias because his mother died of tuberculosis He was a sickly child who was often picked on by other children He took great pleasure in painting and drawing beginning at age eight Sapp married and in 1960 his son David was born in a tuberculosis sanitorium where his wife was sick In 1961 she got out and they moved to Battleford Allen tried to live off his art and tried to paint waht he thought the white man would like often calendar art of places and animals hed never actually seen He dressed as he thought the white man would accept and he knew little English One morning in 1966 Sapp walking into the North Battleford Medical Clinic to sell his paintings Here he met Dr Allan Gonor who liked his work On his second visit Dr Gonor saw a painting of Cheif Sam Swimmer and liked it He bought it and asked for more Allen began painting what he knew from the reserve He turned out many paintings at a tremendous rate Dr Gonor arranged for him to see an art professor from the U of S The little instruction he got form her was the only formal instruction he has ever had In September 1968 she showed some of Allens paintings in her backyard The show was a great success On the Easter weekend of 1969 Allen had his first major exhibition The people loved him He became a great success The value of his paintings went way up in the next little while as his popularity streadily increased and he did shows all over Canada and in the US and England He once again became proud of his Indian heritage and began to dress the part By 1974 he even
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