Posts Tagged ‘five nations artist’

Artist of the moment…..Preston Singletary


Preston Singletary was born in San Francisco, California in the year 1963. Singletary attended the Pilchuck Glass School located in Stanwood, Washington.

The artist is also part of the teaching staff at the Pilchuck School of Glass.

Preston Singletary represents the Tlingit Nation.

In this clip a short interview with Preston Singletary talking about the Tlingit culture found in his work:

The artist is included in many prominent collections including the American Institute of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Price range information: His favorite subject is a large barrel shaped basket work of blown glass with most ranging from $3,000 to $5,000. Larger masks can reach as high as $20,000.

What I enjoy most about Singletary’s masks is the fact they are made out of glass. Like a spirit appearing in the night, Preston Singletary’s work really looks its best when it is hit by light that makes the transparency and the interesting shapes come to life.

This clip was just released a few days ago, a newer updated interview with the artist. We get to see him at work on some pieces:









Artist of the moment…..Sonny Assu

Sonny Assu is a Five Nations artist born in Richmond, British Columbia in the year 1975. Assu is a very clever artist who blends modern commercial imagery from items like Frosted Flakes or the Coca Cola symbol and uses words associated with the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Assu makes paintings, photographs, sculptures, posters, and installations.

Assu is from the Ligwilda’xw of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation.

Assu enjoys learning and not only graduated from the Emily Carr College of Design located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Assu is working on a master’s degree from Concordia College.

Assu also produces work in the more traditional Five Nations style.

In this clip a great interview with Sonny Assu sponsored by the National Gallery of Art:

Price range information: None available.

Assu is based out of Montreal, Canada.

What I enjoy most about Sonny Assu is his close attention to detail and his use of materials. The artist produces sculpture works like the cereal boxes, which look like they jump off the shelves at grocery store just for their design! Assu also produces posters, many of these have a Sheperd Fairey modern feel to them.