TURQUOISE TORTOISE GALLERY CELEBRATES
1st Friday Gallery Tour
"Michael Horse: Trains, Plains & Buffalo"
Artist Reception Friday, July 3, 2015, 5-8 PM
Artist Talk with Q & A, 6 PM
July 4, 2015
Artist at gallery, 1-5 PM
|“Not Afraid to Fight” by Michael Horse, 11”h x 17”w (fr. 16" x 22"), watercolor on 1883 Dakota land grant. At Sedona's Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery is pleased to welcome back Michael Horse: painter, jeweler, actor and activist. Horse is an unquestioned expert on the subject of “ledger art,” the reservation-era style of Native American painting to which he has contributed much in the way of reviving the style and educating the art world. Horse unveils half a dozen new works, from small to large, each painted on an authentic document from that era.
In “Union Pacific Railroad” a steam engine crosses the plain of a railroad payroll document from the late 1800s. The ledger-art style firmly conveying a Native American perspective of this “advancement of civilization” as it barrels across the land.
In “Buffalo Hunt” a map of Oklahoma/Indian Territory from the late 1800s is the ground on which the diminishing herds trample in the waning days of the Indian’s traditional hunts. The perceived simple style of ledger art belies its import as a record of a significant, and often underrepresented, period of Native American history, a period when fields of battle were not always literal, but were cultural and spiritual.
Michael Horse keeps alive the stories and helps collectors understand the dramatic layers of meaning embodied in each one of his paintings.
An acclaimed jeweler for decades, Horse will also unveil new rings and a pendant as well as a showpiece ceremonial knife with a 13” stone blade, sterling silver hilt and embellished with a carved-horn katsina figure.
At this busy time for Michael Horse, the artist, it seems that Michael Horse, the actor, is also in high demand with five projects in the works, including the re-boot of Twin Peaks in which Horse reprises his role as “Deputy Hawk.”
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|"Union Pacific Railroad” by Michael Horse, 17”h x 27”w (fr. 22” x 32”), watercolor on authentic 1885 Union Pacific Railway payroll document. Available at Sedona’s Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.
||"The Return Home” by Michael Horse, 3”h x 8”w (fr. 11” x 15”), watercolor on authentic Indian Territory bank check. Available at Sedona’s Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.
||"Gift from the Creator” by Michael Horse, 15”h x 21”w (fr. 19” x 25”), watercolor on authentic late-1800s map of Indian Territory. Available at Sedona’s Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.