Posts Tagged ‘oklahoma’

Artist of the moment………Francis Blackbear Bosin


Francis Blackbear Bosin was a Native American artist born in Cyril, Oklahoma in the year 1921. Bosin was a painter, muralist,  and sculptor. His most famous sculpture is that of a Native American man giving a blessing to the sky. This sculpture is over 40 feet in height and is titled “Keeper of the Plains.” This image is number three from the top in the picture gallery.

Bosin had both Comanche/Kiowa in his background. The artist was given two scholarships for collegiate art studies, but turned them down due to his family obligations.

The artist was part of the United States Marine Corps and served in World War 2.

Blackbear Bosin is associated with the Surrealist movement.

Below a short clip from a documentary made on Francis Blackbear Bosin:

Francis Blackbear Bosin passed away in 1980.

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Artist of the moment…………Leon Polk Smith


Leon Polk Smith was an American painter born near Chickasha, Oklahoma in the year 1906. Smith was raised on an Indian reservation and was renown for his abstract paintings.

Smith attended college at East Central University located in Ada, Oklahoma earning a B.A. Smith went on to postgraduate studies at Columbia University where he earned a M.F.A.

Past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In this clip we view a show featuring Leon Polk Smith and other hard edge abstract painters from 2013 at the Anne Taylor Gallery. Smith is shown at the 1:10 part of the clip:

Leon Polk Smith passed away in 1996.

Like many abstract artists, including Tom Wesselmann, Smith was fond of using round or uniquely shaped canvases for his painting support.

Price range information: Prints start at $2,000 and originals can reach as high as $100,000 for a work in oils and acrylics.


Artist of the moment……….Poteet Victory


Poteet Victory was born in Idabel, Oklahoma in the year 1947. Victory is renown for his very large sized paintings which are abstract but often represent real ideas and images.

His grandmother pushed him towards developing his artistic talents. When he was nearly a teenager he worked as a model for local artist Harold Stevenson. Stevenson needed a model that could handle a horse indoors. Poteet Victory grew up on a working ranch and was excellent and riding horses from a very young age.

Victory even participated in rodeos when he was a teenager. The artist rode bulls and horses.

In this clip an awesome interview with Poteet Victory. The artist talks about inspiration and how he came up with his own abstract versions of celebrities including John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Willie Nelson:

Victory attended Oklahoma State University and after college moved to Hawaii where he started a t shirt company. He would eventually move back to the mainland United States and run a silk screen business out of Dallas, Texas. He would sell the business and move to New York City and enroll in the famed Art Student’s League. He even met Andy Warhol and the two shared their ideas on silk screen printing.

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What a wonderful style! Its also a great idea to have abstract symbols represent people. Very unique!



Artist of the moment…….Woodrow Wilson Big Bow

Woodrow Wilson Big Bow was the grandson of Chief Big Bow of the Kiowa nation.Woodrow Wilson Big Bow was born in the year 1914 in Carnegie,  Oklahoma.  For his artistic education Big Bow attended the University of Oklahoma.

Big Bow was an illustrator and mural painter as well. After college he found work as a theater and set designer and painter.

Woodrow Wilson Big Bow is included in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of the American Indian.

Big Bow worked in many mediums including watercolor, gouache, and tempura.

For much of his working career Big Bow was based out of Yukon, Oklahoma.

Big Bow passed away in 1998.

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I found his designs similar to the artist R.C. Gorman.