Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Featured Artist: Kirby Sattler

"Natane" Daughter of the Ghost Dance by Kirby Sattler
I am Crow by Kirby Sattler

Dream of the Bear by Kirby Sattler

Bird of Prey by Kirby Sattler

Blue Fire by Kirby Sattler

Ceremony by Kirby Sattler

Circle of Power by Kirby Sattler

Medicine Dog by Kirby Sattler

The Messenger by Kirby Sattler

Prophet by Kirby Sattler

Sees Behind by Kirby Sattler
Standing I Fly by Kirby Sattler

Two Stars by Kirby Sattler

Night Whispers by Kirby Sattler
Kirby Sattler grew up in the west, where there are countless museums and libraries filled with Native American artifacts and research materials. Now inspired by Joseph Campbell's writing, his fascination and interest in Plains Indians began at a young age.
After 30 years of painting, Sattler is not concerned with historical accuracy or specificity to a particular tribe, but instead he examines the relationship between the Native Americans’ relationship to the natural world, “reflecting a culture that had no hard line between the sacred and the mundane.” I think this is a beautiful and meaningful part of life that we should all explore.
You can see that a big part of Sattler’s paintings is the sacred objects or medicine. More than aesthetic adornment, wearing sacred objects such as a stone, a plait of grass, or a feather is an outward manifestation of a person’s identity and his or her connection with the natural and spiritual world. There is a reason behind each piece of medicine.
The photographic or realist look of these paintings evolves over a long process of research, imagination, sketch, underpainting, and many, many layers. In fact, every linen canvas has as many as two dozen layers of acrylic paint.
Sattler humbly admits in his artist statement that as a non-native, “It would be presumptuous to portray the subject I paint from any other view than as an artist with an innate interest in the world’s indigenous cultures.”

Blogged with permission from the artist.

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