John Nieto calls himself an American artist who paints Indians, not an Indian artist. An acclaimed leader in his field, but taking a separate path to represent Native Americans in striking symbolic portraits, Nieto is exhibited worldwide and has had paintings accepted for the Presidential library. His Indians are not idealized or troubled. They are potters, warriors, silversmiths or shamans in traditional garb, as well as indigenous wildlife, painted in brilliant, oddly paired colors, radiating a quiet dignity. His unfettered use of brilliant colors has been likened to the Fauves of the 1920's French movement. Nieto has spent time in Paris and also seems to be influenced by European expressionists who released the subconscious onto canvases. Nieto says, "I'm in a trance when I paint. It's like being a drummer - you don't look at the drums, you just know intuitively where they are..." AskArt
Michael Fitzhugh Wright was born in Rochelle, NY in 1931. He studied at Yale Music and Art School, Albright Art School and the Brooklyn Museum School. After serving in Korea as a regimental artist, he began his career as a painter in New York City in 1954. As a young painter, he was friend and colleague of Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and David Smith in the famous days of the Cedar Bar and Eighth Street Art Club. After ten years in the city, he moved to East Hampton and assisted Willem de Kooning from 1965 through 1967. Intrigued by the clarity of light and variety of forms, he moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1986 where he still resides and paints today.
"Mike is a natural painter, he was born that way." Willem de Kooning
We go to art school to learn the rules about drawing and painting. After many years of developing skills and acquiring knowledge, I know what I will get as a finished product if I could control the process. What I don't know is where it would lead and what would happen if I "gave up" control. This is what interests me now. It's a different way of thinking - or not thinking so much. To remain empty of all pre-conceived ideas about how a piece will turn out. It's simply a mind-shift away from repeating what I already know and to allow that unknowable, creative spirit to come through. That's easier said than done, after 40 years of learning how to do this thing called art. But the only thing that stops one from stepping into unknown territory is doubt and fear. If I'm willing to give up control over my skills and ability to do things a certain way, then new forms and techniques will come to me. Walt Gonske
Mr. Gonske has received many awards for his paintings including the National Academy of Western Art, Gold and Silver Medals and the Southwestern Watercolor Society, First Prize. His works are included in many museums around the country including the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art and the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art.
"Oil paint has been the consistent medium in my paintings, as it tends to be very visceral and a lot about the paint. Most recently I have included wax. The work is almost exclusively figurative, although I don't work from models. It is important for my process to be able to change and move with the figures through time and space, as the painting dictates. The paintings represent a deep resolve of mine to pare back to the core of being; to get lost in it, to share it, to not care where I am going with it, and to give myself over to the bigger than me of it. In painting, one is able to explore, the medium is malleable, the history of thought and the battle that go into the work are sometimes visible on the surface. The work is like a journey, every single painting." Kathleen Morris
Kathleen Morris has had numberous solo exhibitions since 1982 and is in private and corporate collections around the world.
More than one person has told Dane Clark that his paintings look happy. Bright blocks of color: blues, purples and pinks with red, green and yellow dappled in mosaic-like patterns of buildings and people. Seaside houses with arched windows and domed roofs are fringed with palm trees. Dresses of young women holding flowers echo shapes of streets and houses, and flecks of color are sprinkled like confetti. It is no wonder that Clark's paintings look happy. The New Mexico artist is painting exactly what he wants to paint, exactly the way he wants to paint it. For almost 30 years, Clark created landscapes in a vibrant pointillist style, a style he still uses for some works. He also recently began stretching his inventive wings and trying on new painting styles that look very little like what he did in the past. After more than 50 one-man exhibitions around the country, Clark's openings now feature what he calls his primitive impressionistic style. Masterpiece
"My paintings are of an imaginary world, a pre-industrial Arcadia, a time when Northern New Mexico was nothing but rural villages, usually with a church in the center. Life was based on agriculture and living in harmony with the changing seasons. Tom, a third generation Taoseno, has been painting professionally for 30 years and has had the opportunity to observe and study with many of the early Taos artists. Their influence shows in his romantic, timeless portrayals of the landscape of northern New Mexico." Ventana
My artistic process seems to follow a similar thread over the years. Shapes and colors interact in ways that I find provide both harmony and tension which produce for my eye a complimentary relationship evident in nature. My vision changes as I follow a path that only opens with each new piece I begin.
I find that all medium interest me and have spent over 12 years as a printmaker specializing in etchings. The etching process is unique in the time required to first etch and then print each piece. The rewards, of course, like anything that requires patience and focus, are always great.
Clark was born in Boston and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Throughout his youth he traveled between South America and the United States. He had studied art at the Grand Central Gallery in New York. In Santa Fe he began doing commercial design work and in his spare time created woodblock prints of southwestern scenes. During his retirement, Clark returned to wood carving. He created wood engravings of exceptional detail which reflected the charm of old Santa Fe. Clark was recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts of New Mexico with a retrospective show in 1992, just before his death. Nedra Matteucci
Stan Natchez is known for his innovative and creative paintings. Inspired by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, T.C. Cannon and other pop artists his paintings exude the power of color and familiar objects. His paintings often begin with artifacts of American culture that either directly or indirectly reflect Indians. He then includes figures such as Native Americans, mission priests or cowboys. Intricate "stars and stripes" beadwork add texture to bold works that emanate beauty and joy. Dollar bills are layered on the canvas as a modern-day buffalo hide.
In addition to being a nationally known artist, Natchez has distinguished himself as a graduate student, teacher, dancer, editorial advisor and legal advocate for the Native American community.
White Horse Messenger Teepee Talk
Mixed Media on Canvas Mixed Media on Canvas
12 x 12 12 x 12
$ 900 $ 900
Darren Vigil Gray is known for his dreamscapes, landscapes and portraits which often incorporate mythological symbolism. He is Jicarilla Apache and Kiowa Apache. He left the reservation at 15 to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. He lives and works in Santa Fe. Ask Art
Raised on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota, he learned as a child the importance of family and Indian rituals, themes that Bruce continues to express in his sculpture today. He has won many awards at Santa Fe's Indian Market, and in 1993/94, he became the first Native American to be named the National Earth Day Artist. His work is at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ and in private and corporate collections around the world.