TURQUOISE TORTOISE GALLERY CELEBRATES
1st Friday Gallery Tour
"Gregory Lomayesva: Free Interpretation"
Opening Reception Friday, March 6, 2015, 5-8 PM
NEW Collection of smaller pieces just in! Here is a sampling:
"Eagle Dancer" (small) 12"h x 13"w x 6"d, "Hanging Bird Mask" (small) 10"h x 9"w x 4"d", Figure on Oxen" (small) 14"h x 5"w x 8"d
A joyously provocative new exhibition! With roots that reflect the iconic period of American art that launched Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Warhol and Pollock, Gregory Lomayesva contributes to the Pop Art arena in his own authentic and unique manner. In addition to appropriated imagery from familiar American iconography Lomayesva also draws from his own Hopi and Hispanic iconography that equally inform his particular worldview.
Bright paintings and colorful wood carvings make up the body of Gregory Lomayesva’s artwork. His folk-craft figures, often referred to as “fusion artifacts,” are not meant to be traditional kachinas but are a translation of their form. His wooden masks draw from the familiar shapes of Hopi mudheads. Lomayesva takes a wry and honest look at each culture that influences him, not backing down from any taboos of representation. “I'm an American artist with Hopi roots,” he explains. “Wherever I go, whatever I see becomes the inspiration for new paintings and new motifs to use within my paintings [and wood carvings].”
Whether it is his indigenous roots, pop culture or classically European Renaissance masters that spark his imagination, Gregory Lomayesva is his own man and his own artist. One with a powerful outlook captured with the pure joy of unfettered reality. No holds barred. Just the truth in all its glorious form.
Exhibition through March 15.
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