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1st Friday Gallery Tour: "Fusion Folk Art: Gregory Lomayesva"

July 1, 2016   Opening Reception, 5-8 PM

"Eagle Dancer Totem" by Gregory Lomayesva, 85"h x 24"w x12"d; carved wood, acrylic colors, feathers.
At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.

In Sedona, Arizona Turquoise Tortoise Gallery features Gregory Lomayesva’shand-carved folk-craft figures and masks, distinctive Pop-Art inspired translations of kachinas and mudheads.

The background of cutting edge artist Gregory Lomayesva is a unique one that gives him singular insight into the cultural touchstones he draws from: His mother was a well-known Hispanic Santera from a family of seven artists working as sculptors, tinsmiths, retablo painters and colcha stitchers; his father, a Hopi, made his artistic mark as a wood carver and jewelry designer. Gregory Lomayesva grew up in the relatively urban environment of Santa Fe, New Mexico, its busy atmosphere contrasting with the remote quiet of his rich family roots.

These cultural contrasts allowed Lomayesva to develop keen observational style and his ability to comment with razor-sharp precision on those elements in our world that most make us what and who we are. Artistic idols in the world of Pop Art, where bold palettes and freedoms to appropriate cultural imagery abound, continue as a touchstone of inspiration for Gregory Lomayesva. It gives him permission to appropriate in their footsteps not only more familiar American iconography but the Hispanic and Hopi iconography that equally informs his particular worldview.

The work of Gregory Lomayesva has not been without controversy for this very reason, but Lomayesva makes no distinction about which culture he draws from. It is not traditional kachinas or mudheads he is carving; his unique carved folk craft figures are a translation of their form. If a wry edge seems appropriate, as in his “Figure with Three-Direction Tablita” then Lomayesva does not hesitate. “I'm an American artist with Hopi roots,” he explains. “Wherever I go, whatever I see becomes the inspiration ...”

Lomayesva’s carvings, masks and figures, fusion artifacts if you will, have been met with the wide acclaim of critics and collectors alike. “Fusion Folk Art: Gregory Lomayesva” at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery runs through July 10.
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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.

"Eagle Dancer", "Winking Dancer", "Horned Mask" by Gregory Lomayesva;
approx. 13"h; carved wood, acrylic colors, feathers.
At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



On the first Friday of each month, from 5 - 8 p.m., members of the Sedona Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art events.

These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona's exciting art scene.

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery is proud to present "Fusion Folk Art: Gregory Lomayesva" as its featured artist for SGA First Friday in the Galleries event on Junly 1, 2016    with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. You are invited!

 

 
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