Archive for August 13, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Terrance Guardipee



Terence Guardipee is a Native American artist born in the year 1968. Guardipee is renowned for his artwork that combines historical documents and his own unique style of Native American painting.

Ledger painting was a popular form of art, Guardipee put his own twist on the idea by painting and drawing on more than one ledger at a time.

Guardipee grew up on the Blackfeet reservation. His style of bold color and flat design represents his Blackfeet heritage.

Guardipee attended the Institute of the American Indian Arts located in Sante Fe, New Mexico. The school is the only four year institute in the United States dedicated to the preservation of Native American Arts.

The artist is now based out of Seattle, Washington.

Terrance Guardipee is included in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute and the Gene Autry Museum.

What I enjoy most about the artist are the titles of his works. The artist opens up another door to the history of his people by using such clever titles as Running Eagle returning from a War Raid. His hats are also a keen observation of his work sometimes replacing the eye as a major focal point. The works without eyes have an ephemeral feeling.

Price range information: Sorry none available.




Artist of the moment……….William Kuhnley Jr.


William Kuhnley was born in Seattle, Washington in the year 1967 and represents the Nuu-chah-nulth nation. When he was a youngster the family moved to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Kuhnley works with jewelry and wood carver.

His parents owned and ran a business that dealt with salvaging cedar wood. Both parents of Kuhnley were also wood carvers. This was perfect for someone wanting to be a carver!

Kuhnley is part of Ditidaht tribe. The word means people of the mountains.

Kuhnley began carving professionally when he was 24 years old.

Kuhnley was able to be an apprentice to Haida artist Robert Davidson.

Price range information: Jewelry pieces can be found for $1,000 up to larger wood carvings which can reach $20,000.