Frederick R McDonald

Of the Fort McKay First Nation in Alberta
Self-portrait of the artist.


Available for Purchase

Paintings Held In Collections

Painting of Indigenous leader, full of traditional symbols and spirit animals.narrative acrylic painting of indigenous leader, Big BearAcrylic painting, portrait of young indigenous man, Almighty Voice.acrylic painting, portrait of indigenous leader Big Bearacrylic painting of indigenous symbolsacrylic painting, self-portraitportrait of the artist's mother
Acrylic painting of indigenous woman treating animal hide.Acrylic painting of an industrial truck driving through a bush road.Acrylic painting, portrait of the artist's father.Acrylic painting depicting industrial work and workers.Acrylic painting of traditional indigenous symbols.Acrylic painting depicting traditional indigenous life and symbols.Acrylic painting depicting traditional indigenous life and symbols.Acrylic painting depicting industrial work in the winter.
A headshot photo of Frederick R McDonald; older indigenous man smiling and wearing a camera around his neck.

About Fred

Frederick R McDonald is an international, award-winning artist - a painter, poet and photographer - and a member of the Fort McKay First Nation. Fred was born in Fort McMurray and raised in the bush along the Athabasca River, brought up in the traditional hunting and trapping lifestyle of his parents.

Although he has travelled far and wide, Fred’s heart is still with his community and he continues to be an active member of the Fort McKay band. He keeps himself grounded through his family; his children and his grandchildren are his inspiration for everything he does and they are ultimately his greatest creation.

In addition to his mastery of painting, Fred is an accomplished intellectual, with multiple degrees and awards to his name.

  • Bachelor's of Fine Art, University of Calgary
  • The Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund, 2001 Edmonton, Alberta
  • Regional Aboriginal Recognition Award, Wood Buffalo
  • Global Public Voices Fellow, Cornell University
  • Masters of Fine Art, University of Calgary