Abstract Painting

Untitled (Wall with Doorway), 1966

Artist Alfred Young Man (Kiyugimah, Eagle Chief)
(Cree, 1948 - present)
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 61.0625” x 54.875”


Artist, writer, and educator Alfred Young Man attended the Institute of American Indian Arts from 1963 through 1968. Young Man then studied painting, film history, and photography earning a Dip. A.D. degree at the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London in 1972. He received his M.A. at the University of Montana in 1974, where George Longfish (Seneca-Tuscarora) was his teacher in the Graduate Program in American Indian Art. Young Man graduated with his PhD in Anthropology from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1997. In 1977, he began teaching at the University of Lethbridge where he eventually became chair of Native American studies (1999-2007). He taught in the Faculty Exchange Program at the University of Lethbridge/Leeds University Leeds, UK, in 1985 and the Faculty Exchange Program University of Lethbridge/Hokkai Gakuen University Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, in 1992. From 2007 through 2010 he worked as department head of Indian Fine Art at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan. His paintings from the 1960s combine modern art influences such as Color Field, Hard-edge and Pop Art often addressing contemporary Indigenous issues.