Allen Sapp

Allen Frederick Sapp (January 2, 1929 - December 29, 2015) was born on Red Pheasant Reserve in north-central Saskatchewan to parents Alex and Agnes Sapp. He is a direct descendant of the legendary Pîhtokahanapiwiyin (c. 1842 – 1886), also known as Peacemaker Chief Poundmaker.

Allen was often unwell as a child, and he fell unusually ill at the age of eight. Up until that point, he only had an English name given to him when his birth was registered on the Reserve. In a dream, the Nootako, also known as the Medicine Woman, had been told that this child should be called Kiskayetum, meaning "he perceives it." Without a spiritual name, the Cree believe that it is difficult for the life force to find a reason to remain in the body. The name was bestowed, sweetgrass ceremoniously burned, and a pipe solemnly passed from one to another. Life continued for Allen.

Allen Sapp is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Sapp rose to international fame by depicting the daily life of the Nēhiyawēwin people, also known as the Plains Cree, living on Canadian prairies. He described the humanity and strength of his community in his paintings. The power of nature and the sentimentality of the endless struggle with a harsh environment were common themes. Sapp's work is represented in significant private and corporate collections throughout the world and the permanent collection housed in the Allen Sapp Museum, North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

Allen's paintings have been for sale at the West End Gallery since 1991.