Frank Polson

Frank Polson is an Algonquin First Nation Artist born in Ville-Marie Quebec in 1952.

He is a member of the Long Point First Nation in Winneway Quebec.

In 1985, Frank discovered a passion for the arts, and enrolled in a two-year program at South Porcupine in Timmins Ontario, but personal problems interfered, and he was unable to complete the first year. He tried again in 1989, enrolling in Visual Arts at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario. Again, personal and lifestyle conflicts cut his work short of completion.

 

For several years, Frank struggled with the ravages of drugs, alcohol, self-doubt and conflicts with the law. At all times and places, his love of nature, the Native Way of Life, and his vision of art works helped him through. Frank is a self-taught artist who produces works of unique beauty, which is relevant to this day, and in accordance with his heritage.

 

For the past 19 years, he has developed a unique style in the medium of acrylics. He has rekindled his fond memories of many pleasurable and educational seasons spent on the trap lines with his father, and captured those wonderful memories on canvas, among which the glorious sunsets and feelings of the wilderness days and nights. The sound of the “Great Northern Diver” and the cry of the “Timber Wolf” seem to haunt his vision of the beautiful Quebec Northwest.

 

Frank credits the Elders for helping him find and maintain balance in his life, to overcome his problems and conflicts, to live with and finally defeat the frustrations that followed him for so many years. He finally knows that he can stop running, and, that he has nothing to prove to the world.

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