TURQUOISE TORTOISE GALLERY CELEBRATES
1st Friday Gallery Tour
"Tony Abeyta: New Work"
Opening Reception Friday, May 1, 2015, 5-8 PM
|“Moth” (triptych) by Tony Abeyta, 40”h x 90”w (each panel 40” x 30”), Charcoal & Walnut Ink on Hiromi Paper mounted on Canvas.
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery is pleased to present our annual showcase for one of the gallery’s most accomplished artists. Tony Abeyta’s paintings are lauded by Contemporary art collectors as often as collectors of Native American art, and have great cross-over appeal; Tony Abeyta is Navajo and his heritage is a driving force behind his work yet his themes portrayed are universal.
Our gallery has watched Tony Abeyta’s career grow ever more prominent in the three decades in which the gallery has represented him. “Seeing Tony’s installation art at Art Miami last December was incredibly exciting,” Gallery Owner Peggy Lanning recounts. “The art piece was a constantly moving projection within a large tent. Elements from Abeyta’s newest imagery played through the air against the domed ceiling, augmented the whole while by music & narrative. It was like walking into an Abeyta painting.”
For collectors wishing to capture this newest direction of Abeyta’s ever-evolving artistry the gallery offers works such as “Moth,” a new mixed media triptych measuring 40” high and 90” wide. With a subtle palette of charcoal and walnut inks, both motion and life are presented; moths and flowers, wings and petals, light and dark. W. Richard West, founding director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., has written of Tony Abeyta’s work: “His art is never static or complacent and is, instead, fearless, always changing, always moving; constantly pushing to new places of artistic creativity and resolution.”
"Painting for me leaves no stone unturned within its context,” Abeyta has said. “I experiment with images, techniques and mediums, translating paint into an image both personal and spiritual." Today Tony Abeyta’s artworks hang in museums and private collections throughout North America, Europe and Japan successfully placing this singular Native American art in the context of the broad wide world.
“Tony Abeyta: New Work” runs through May 10.
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