Turquoise Tortoise Art Gallery in Sedona Arizona - One of the finest Sedona Art Galleries featuring contemporary Native American and Southwestern art

 

STAN NATCHEZ

Artist Stan Natchez took a circuitous route to his successful career as a full-time artist. His father, an intellectual, authored a book on the connections between Jungian and Native American symbolism and Natchez himself earned a bachelor's and master's degree before teaching humanities for 10 years at a prep school, then serving as an editor at Native Peoples Magazine. Always a creative child while growing up in Los Angeles, it was his participation in Native American dances that led him to painting.

“In the white man’s world, if you want to get an education, you go to college,” Natchez explains.  “In the Indian way, if you want to get knowledge, you go through ceremonies. I am a California Indian (Tataviam, “the people who face the sun”) and all our ceremonies are gone. But I was fortunate enough to travel throughout the United States and meet people who lived in tribes that had ceremonies and invited me in.” Performing traditional Native American dances throughout Europe and the U.S., Natchez developed a fine eye for both color and composition from the beadwork he created for his regalia. By learning from elders of many tribes during these travels, he gives credit to this artistic medium for building in him a stronger sense of cultural self esteem.

Performing traditional Native American dances throughout Europe and the U.S., Natchez developed a fine eye for both color and composition from the beadwork he created for his regalia. By learning from elders of many tribes during these travels, he gives credit to this artistic medium for building in him a stronger sense of cultural self esteem.

"I feel fortunate for having been raised in the city because of the perspective it gave me on modern life," Natchez observes. "However, without an awareness of our traditional heritage, we as Native Americans have no identity. By taking the best of both worlds, the modern and the traditional, we are better able to find balance in our lives." The philosophies and techniques of these two worlds have allowed Natchez to achieve a complex harmony in his work - with a distinctive Neo-Pop style. His unique and dramatic mixed-media paintings may incorporate a range of items from beadwork to bottle caps into their design. Images are conveyed with the two-dimensional look of Native American "ledger art" even as the artist's subjects ask viewers to look deeper at that which is represented. By overlaying many of these images over actual U.S. currency the representation of ideas grows more compellingly complex. "When I paint the dollar bill," the artist explains, "I'm saying that the dollar bill is a symbol of the world we live in. When you go to the store, what do you need to buy something? You need money, right? In the 1700s and 1800s Indians painted on deerskin, buffalo or elk hides. And if you wanted something, hides were your money. So the modern-day hide is the dollar bill."

Natchez feels strongly about communicating contemporary Native American philosophy that has been purged of any romantic or stereotypical idealism. This is undeniably thought-provoking Native American art.

Paintings

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"Red Cloud" (Diptych)
Mixed Media on Canvas
40" x 32"
  NEW

"Rain in the Face"
Mixed Media on Canvas
40" x 30"
  NEW

"First Born on Constitution (with Horse)"
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 36"
  NEW

"Geronimo's Cadillac"
Mixed Media on Canvas
42" x 36"
  NEW

"Hopi Jazz Musicians"
Mixed Media on Canvas
46" x 34"
  NEW

"Calling on the Spirits"
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 48"
  NEW

"Campbell's Soup Flag"
Mixed Media on Canvas
40" x 32"
  NEW

"War Pony"
Mixed Media on Canvas
36" x 36"
  NEW

"Sitting Bull's Vision"
Mixed Media on Canvas
66" x 24"
  NEW

"Warrior on Buffalo Bill's Wild West Stock"
Mixed Media on Canvas
18" x 26"
  NEW

"Monopoly"
Mixed media on Canvas
Diptych 14" x 16"
each

"Lone Wolf"
Mixed Media on Canvas
40" x 30"

"Victory Dance"
Mixed Media on Canvas
12" x 9"

"Two Hatchets"
Mixed Media on Canvas
60" x 48"
  SOLD

"Clan Mothers"
Mixed Media on Canvas
30" x 40"
 SOLD

"Campbell's Soup" - Native American Painting by Stan Natchez

"Campbell's Soup"
Mixed Media on Canvas
18" x 24"
  SOLD

"Victory Ride"
Mixed Media on Canvas
9" x 12"
SOLD

     

"Plenty Coup on Deutsche Marks"
Mixed Media on Canvas
40" x 32"
  SOLD

"Land of the Brave"
Mixed Media on Canvas
Diptych 14" x 16"
each   SOLD

"Wolf Robe"
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 36"
 SOLD

     
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