Stan Natchez at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona Arizona
Sedona, AZ: Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens “Stan Natchez: Symbols of Power” and welcomes back the esteemed Native American artist who unveils his latest new works at an opening reception April 7, from 5-8 pm. Natchez gives an Artist Talk at 6 pm.
With a commitment to producing thought-provoking art, Stan Natchez combines Neo-Pop sensibilities with traditional two-dimensional “ledger art” style to make visual statements both varied and profound. Natchez feels strongly about communicating contemporary Native American philosophy that has been purged of any romantic or stereotypical idealism.
By representing, and upending, iconography that is deeply embedded in our American psyche Stan Natchez invites viewers to respond to his artwork on any number of levels. His primary graphic may be a war pony, Sitting Bull or a Monopoly board while the addition of mixed media shifts the representation of the image to become a new experience altogether. A background of actual U.S. currency not only pays homage to ancestors who painted on their version of currency – a buffalo hide – but also places George Washington in a position where he must confront, from each bill he peers from, the legacy of the Native American presence in this land.
The addition of meticulously detailed beadwork represents another currency of Native Americans. Backgrounds of maps delineating now-accepted borders, baseball cards and comic pages, yellow pages listing innumerable populations, all now support imagery of the native populations long calling this land home. When Stan Natchez adds gold leaf to his paintings it is representative of the high value we now place on gold and minerals dug from within our earth. The birds that frequently fly across his fields of imagery are spirits. The American flag he so often includes invokes traditional warrior societies whose strong commitments are carried on today by the large numbers of soldiers and veterans within Native America.
In addition to being a nationally known artist, Stan Natchez has distinguished himself as a graduate student, teacher, dancer, editorial advisor and legal advocate for the Native American community. As a traditional dancer who performed in European capitals as well as throughout the United States, Natchez developed a fine eye for both color and composition from the beadwork he created for his regalia.
The paintings of Stan Natchez are in many museum collections including Boston Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe Fine Arts Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, Smithsonian Institute and the Autry Museum of Western Art.
Stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery on 1st Friday evening, April 7th, to meet Stan Natchez and enjoy the rare opportunity to hear him speak on his paintings’ subjects, his viewpoints and techniques.
Visit www.Facebook.com/TurquoiseTortoiseGallerySedona; or follow on Instagram. Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, 928/282-2262, www.TurquoiseTortoiseGallery.com, located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, AZ. Open daily: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 11-5 Sun.
Above: “War Pony” by Stan Natchez, 36” x 36”, mixed media on canvas.
Left: “Sitting Bull’s Vision” by Stan Natchez, 66” x 24”, mixed media on canvas.