Artwork that’s been available for viewing at Mavericks will now be available for acquisition in Blanco at Gillen’s on the 24th at 6pm. For artwork, 10% of sales will benefit Alzheimer’s Texas. A generous 100% of net proceeds from BBQ plate sales and all revenue from our silent auction items will benefit the cause.
John Isaiah Pepion is an artist who hails from the Blackfeet Nation in northern Montana. The art journey has been ceremonial for John as his understanding of his past, family, and culture grows with his work. He descends from Mountain Chief, a Blackfeet leader who preserved history through numerous winter counts. Through art, John finds personal healing and cultural preservation. He speaks with troubled youth in public schools to promote the benefits of art as therapy. John holds formal degrees in Art Marketing and Museum Studies from United Tribes Technical College and the Institute of American Indian Arts, respectively. However, his education continues with every piece he creates and with every story he shares. John incorporates traditional design elements into colorful contemporary illustrations, leaving his work highly recognizable. Most importantly, John’s art deepens his connections to self and place, providing him with a sense of strength.
Kevin Red Star (born 1943) was born on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana. He was raised in a family that values art and culture, where he developed an early love of drawing and music. This exposure and encouragement sustained him during his years in grade school during the time when Crow students were denied association with their language and cultural heritage. Later, when he was one of 150 students chosen to attend the newly established Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he was encouraged to explore his history and culture through modern art techniques. Upon graduation, Red Star and several other Native students received scholarships to the San Francisco Art Institute. Here he was exposed to the avant garde and political and social concerns of post-modern art. In 1997, Kevin Red Star received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Fine Art from the Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Kevin Red Star has been accepted into the Russell Skull Society for the Charlie Russell Auction March 2014, an exhibition and sale to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum. Red Star’s works are the focal point of several important museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian; C.M. Russell Museum; Heard Museum; Denver Art Museum; Eiteljorg Museum; Southwest Museum; Whitney Museum of Western Art; Institute of American Indian Arts Museum; United States Department of State; and scores of others. Pursuing a successful career spanning three decades, over 100 large-scale exhibitions have featured the celebrated artist’s works on canvas and paper – some 40 of which have been “one man” shows.
Taos Pueblo based artist David Vedoe was originally born in Copenhagen, Denmark where he received a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1986. In 1989 he joined his family in Taos New Mexico, and since then has lived there creating fine art and murals. David works in a variety of styles and media and is well known for his colorful murals. His work is represented in galleries in Copenhagen, Denmark and in Taos & Santa Fe, New Mexico with FaraHNHeight Fine Arts and others. When he’s not painting mythologically imaginative and transformative imagery in acrylic, oil and mixed media, he’s pondering whole conceptual cityscapes, reinventing many wheels — i.e. windows, entryways, courtyards, balconies. You name it, he’s redesigned it and made it come to life.
Earl Biss 1947-1998, was a master oil painter and one of the most influential Impressionist artists in the late century, while in high school he was a pivotal force in starting the art movement out of Santa Fe, NM in the late ’60’s, Earl Biss, Apsaroke (Crow), was born September 29, 1947, in Renton, Washington; he was raised by his grandmother at Crow Agency, Montana, and at Yakima, Washington. He contracted rheumatic fever at age eight and instead of the usual boyhood activities, he started drawing and painting. As an artist, Biss expressed much of his emotional turmoil, embodied by his mystical, melting landscapes and people, while still admiring and studying old European masters. As an Absaroka (Crow) Indian artist and benefactor, he was admired for his professionalism, business sense, and compassion for the Absaroke people. He was a profound contributor to the explosion of Southwestern Art in the last half of the 20th century, and particularly to the rise of contemporary Native American Art. His compelling portraits of Plains Indian horsemen, his phenomenal grasp of the medium of oil painting, and above all the sheer exuberance of his palette and brushwork earned him a place in the history books of modern art. He was, according to one Southwest critic and collector, ‘The greatest colorist of the 20th century.’
“I am Brent Learned a member of the Cheyenne/Arapaho Tribes, Haa-Naa-Jaa-Ne-Doa is my Arapaho given name. I draw, paint, and sculpt the Native American in a style that speaks volumes about my culture. I use bright bold colors, textures, and brush strokes that bring life to the Plains Indian way of life in a contemporary impressionistic Native Pop style.” Brent Learned is an award winning and collected Native American Artist who was born and reared in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne Arapaho-Language Tribes of Oklahoma. He tries to create artwork to capture the essence, accuracy and historic authenticity of the American Plains Indian way of life. Brent’s work resides in museums such as the Smithsonian and Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, District of Columbia, the Cheyenne/Arapaho Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the University of Kansas Art Museum in Lawrence, Kansas. He has work in private collections such as the Governor of Oklahoma Private Collection, Governor’s Mansion in Oklahoma City, the Haskell Indian University in Lawrence, Kansas and the Kerr Foundation Private Collection in Oklahoma City.
Patrick Cloudface Burnham (Dine/Hopi) is a lifelong painter. Cloudface came from a family of artists and jewelrs and was encouraged at an early age to create art.Cloudface’s work is a mixture of traditional, contemporary and graffiti art. His native upbringing and immersion in hip-hop culture influence his approach as he blends the two worlds in his work. You can find Cloud’s works in art galleries all over the southwest in Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Phoenix. Patrick CloudFace Burnham has been an active creator in both the indigenous hip hop scene as well as the painting and dancing art worlds. His early life won him awards from the Heard Museum as a watercolor artist, and then went on to do live painting on a regular basis for both local events and large-scale concerts. He divides his time between his dance studio in Gallup, New Mexico, several Albuquerque/Santa Fe venues, and select galleries in Phoenix, Arizona. Cloudface is also a founding member of the Medicine Paint Collective.
Medicine Paint Live among other things a Contemporary Native American Artist collective that strives to integrate traditional stories & teachings from a time before time into each living canvas of art… Each paint stroke is a word in a prayer… Each color represents a different sound wave… Their rainbow style represents abstract dreams through a crystal. Adopting techniques from graffiti, graphic design & Native American geometry, Medicine Paint is a unique collective that very often incorporates LIVE painting and other performing arts into their exhibitions. The Collective consists of Jay Smiley, Orlando Allison, Patrick CloudFace Burnham, and Randy L Barton.
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Bruce King is of the Oneida People and has been painting seriously for thirty years. He works primarily with oils in a post impressionistic style that is a departure from restricted definitions of Native Art. King became witness to post impressionism movements in New York and then was invited to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the early 1970’s to become witness to another movement of sorts. King along with his friends and Contemporaries like TC Cannon, Kevin Red Star, Fritz Scholder, Earl Biss and RC Gorman helped develop & solidify the Contemporary Native American Art Movement. Bruce King’s paintings are of a world that we have lost. They are a loving relationship between the people and the ecosystem with their journeys highlighted in different places and spaces. Currently, Bruce King and his wife live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Educated at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Bruce has shown extensively in the U. S., Canada and participated in group shows in Germany and Japan. His works are in collections with I.A.I A., NACLA, and Six Nations Mohawk Museum Mr King works primarily with oils in a post impressionistic style that is a departure from restricted definitions of Native American art. Though the context and themes represented are Native Americans the application, use of medium, and resulting effects are based on techniques devised by both impressionists and post impressionist’s art rebels from turn-of- the-century France. As in that movement, Bruce draws from an association with artists who shaped the Indian art movement of the seventies. Bruce King has been painting seriously for thirty years and is represented in Santa Fe.
“My name is George Levi. I’m a member of the Southern Cheyenne Tribe. I live in Oklahoma. My work is about my people, it’s about who I am, where I come from. It’s about a history that still lives on. The types of work that I do are Cheyenne style ledger drawings on historical paper, watercolors, acrylic paintings, parfleche/rawhide work, and Cheyenne beadwork. Ledger Art is a Traditional Warrior Art that originated amongst The Cheyenne in the 1850’s. As a Cheyenne Artist, it is a continuation of a part of life for me, and my People.” George is a direct descendant of one of the Fort Marion ledger artists named “Matches.”