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Artist of the moment……………Shaun Peterson


Shaun Peterson is a wonderful First Nations artist born in Puyallup, Washington in the year 1975.

The artist began his art career after high school. Peterson has been able to study right alongside contemporary First Nations artists George David, and Steve Brown.

Below a link to the website of Shaun Peterson:

A big moment in Shaun Peterson’s life came when he was given the name of his Great Grandfather, Qwalsius.

What I enjoy most about Shaun Peterson is that he is very honest about his view of the art world, and he hopes to change it. The artist expresses in his artistic statement that when people think of Indian Art it most likely is black or red and traditional.

I know as a reader of this site you know that is not the case! Many bright First Nations artists are making modern additions to traditional art and even mass marketing some of their art on clothing.

Below we hear from the artist in his own words:

The artist reminds us that the basis of the logo of the Seattle Seahawks national football league team is based on a First Nations style bird. Peterson shows a works based on this idea below:

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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 Guardipee is renowned for his artwork that combines historical documents and his own unique style of Native American painting.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.

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