Tony Abeyta Exhibition Comes to Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, Sedona Arizona
Sedona, AZ: Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens “Tony Abeyta: Underworld” and welcomes back the celebrated Native American artist who unveils his latest new works.
A recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and named a Living Treasure by Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Tony Abeyta was already known for his specially commissioned paintings used as the signature images for the groundbreaking and also the grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Tony Abeyta embraces his Native American heritage but does so on a world stage: He has lived, studied and painted in Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Italy and France, enriching himself with advanced arts degrees and an expansive worldview that allows him to meet the challenges of the Euro-American art market while retaining roots in his own heritage. “[Art] is about making a contribution to culture, about being part of the creative dialogue,” Tony Abeyta says. “I experiment with images, techniques and mediums, translating paint into an image both personal and spiritual." With evolving interpretations of Navajo (Diné) deities, neo-modernist landscapes and massive charcoal explorations in nearly black-and-white palettes, Tony Abeyta strikes a skillful balance between representation and abstraction.
His work is included in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Boston Fine Arts Museum, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, as well as in many other public & private collections throughout North America, Europe and Japan.
Stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery on 1st Friday evening to meet Tony Abeyta and enjoy the rare opportunity to hear him speak about his paintings’ subjects, his techniques and creative process, and the new directions he is exploring in his art.
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.
“Storm Over Pueblo” by Tony Abeyta, 16”h x 20”w, oil on canvas.
“Describing the Journey” by Tony Abeyta, 50”h x 40”w, mixed media on canvas.