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  • Na Na Ping March 2004 | Four Winds
    cutting during his early youth He took that knowledge and incorporated his artistic talent of finding natural stones with beautiful colour and blending them to make the exquisite art pieces he is recognised for in jewellery artistry today NaNa Ping is a Pascua Yaqui Indian Yaqui elders carry the tradition of their origins which speak of the Yaqui as the Yomea meaning the People coming from the stars to live

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  • Bruce King & Na Na Ping 
April 2008 | Four Winds
    his exhibition to Australia for the first time The gallery also welcomes Jeweller Na Na Ping Michael D Garcia Pasqua Yaqui tribe for his fourth showing Na Na Ping Na Na Ping s lavish use of exquisite turquoises and other fine semi precious stones along with his innovative designs culminate in this impressive contemporary jewellery collection Bruce King An accomplished oil painter author theatre artist and musician Bruce King is one of the famous 4 who was invited to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts along with T C Cannon Earl Biss and B C Nowlin Bruce King s canvases are an explosion of colour depicting the glorious ever changing seasons Native Americans on their appaloosa ponies and the scenic woodlands of his Oneida heritage His work is admired for great energy use of bold colour use of contrasts and its integral symbolic forms The context and themes represented in King s paintings are Native American The application use of medium and resulting effects are based on techniques devised by both impressionist and post impressionist art rebels from turn of the century France most notably Monet King s appreciation for the French masters combined with his personal experiences and

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  • R.C. Gorman June 2008 | Four Winds
    2005 Born in 1931 and raised on the Navajo reservation the late R C Gorman has achieved international acclaim and status as the foremost Indian Artist of his time From his early years as a sheepherder living in a Hogan to his most recent showing at Four Winds Gallery a retrospective exhibition of his life s work Gorman has remained a study in contrasts As an acclaimed Navajo artist R C Gorman was one of the most widely recognised personalities in Native American Art His amazing charisma and overwhelming Navajo presence has been the subject of dozens of books written on his works and life Not only have his simple expressive images of Navajo women become renowned and admired worldwide but the late artist himself is the centre of much fascination In ceaseless media interviews he continued to be as much the subject as his art His extravagant lifestyle witty charm and flamboyant Hawaiian shirts and headbands often seemed larger than life Despite his mercurial rise to prominence in the art world Gorman observed The reservation remains my source of inspiration and he continued to use evocations of his rich Navajo heritage as his favourite subject matter R C Gorman hailed from an artistic lineage his great grandfather was prominent silversmith Slender maker of Silver and his father was one of the first painters to depart from established Indian styles Gorman rejected both traditional Indian and most European modernist examples and instead embraced the graphic approach of the Mexican Social Realist painters such as Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Drozco and the simplified forms of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso The celebration of the ordinary peasant and the Indian legacy of the Mexican culture inspired Gorman to concentrate on representing his own people Gorman s prominence expanded rapidly after he founded

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  • Jovanna Poblano & 
Daniel Chattin November 2007 | Four Winds
    refined fetishes carved in gem grade turquoise mother of pearl coral and sugilite Jovanna s maternal grandfather Leo Poblano 1905 1959 the famous mosaicist from Zuni and her mother master jeweller Veronica Poblano set the stage for her artistic debut 25 years ago Jovanna was always interested in beading and this along with her necklaces characterises her blend of modern eclecticism Jovanna Poblano s source of inspiration comes from the deep spiritual bond with her ancestors this being the foundation on which her creative energy rests Daniel Chattin has been working for 15 years His close friend Stuart Quandelacy has been a major influence in his work Jovanna and Daniel incorporate their skills by combining beading and carving They focus on gem grade quality materials particularly turquoise but also combine cut beads coral carnelian malachite and lapis in their pieces In Jovanna s capable fingers these materials radiate passion and a strong sense of romance Even today they meditate think of and talk to Jovanna s grandfather to totally grasp the energy of the materials and source inspiration Jovanna and Daniel won first place at the Northern Museum of Arizona in 1996 with a corn maiden carving beaded necklace Corn

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  • George Catlin June 2006 Celebrating 25 years | Four Winds
    on display will be a small collection of historic C B King coloured etchings along with original photogravures by Edward S Curtis depicting the Indians of the 1800s 1900s George Catlin 1796 1872 was one of the greatest American artists of the nineteenth century He also wrote extensively trying to preserve the rapidly vanishing Native American culture he so admired Catlin was the first artist to record the Plains Indians in their own territories He admired them as the embodiment of the enlightenment ideal of the natural man living in harmony with nature Catlin s North American Indian Portfolio represents Catlin s finest work presenting in vivid detail his first hand observations of the manners customs and living conditions of the Indian tribes of the American Frontier during his travels between 1832 1839 Catlin brings to life 48 different tribes many of which were virtually unknown to the white population of his day From the Senecas Oneidas and Tuscaroras of the Northeast to the Choctaws Cherokees and Creeks of the South to the Mandans Pawnees and Sioux of the Great Plains to the Blackfeet Nez Perces and Crows of the Far West thse paintings capture all aspects of a vibrant

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  • Na Na Ping & Thomas Bucich December 2006 Celebrating 25 years | Four Winds
    is a diverse artist who also works with stone sculpture He incorporates a lot of his lapidary techniques into the wide range of sculpture designs He will inlay the faces bodies or incorporate silver headdresses He attended Arizona State University and later transferred to the University of New Mexico graduating with a B A in Business All his art bares his trademark Na Na Ping which is his Tewa name for Aspen Mountain Awards 1999 Best of show Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Art Fair 1999 Best of show Colorado Springs Fine Art Centre Colorado 2nd Place 1999 Pohatan Renape Nation Rankokus Indian Reservation NJ judged American Indian Arts Festival Best of Show 1999 Southwest Indian Art Fair Arizona State Museum Best of Show and Best in Jewellery 1998 Schemitzun Mashantucket Pequot Festival of Green Corn Award of Excellence in Jewellery 1998 Southwest Indian Art Fair Arizona State Museum Best of Jewellery 1998 Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce Native American Art Show The 1997 recipient of the prestigious SWAIA Arlene Feddes Fellowship Award recognition of excellence in Native American Art 1997 First Place in Jewellery Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Art Fair 1996 Best of Show Best in Jewellery First place and Second place in Jewellery Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Art Fair 1996 First place in Jewellery Santa Monica Ceremonial 1995 Best in Division and 2nd place Dallas Art Festival Indian Market 1995 Best in Jewellery 2nd place Gold Category Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Art Fair Thomas Bucich Sculptor and Painter From an early age Thomas has actively pursued the study of art and design Early interest in classical sculpture led him to stone carving and later onto bronzes cast from wax originals Beginning with study of the classic works of Michelangelo Bernini and on to Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti his

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  • Charlene Reano Christmas 2005 | Four Winds
    mosaic on shell method Charlene has been one of the gallery s preferred artists since the 90s The exotic colourful shells turquoises and corals she selects to execute her pieces are transformed into exquisite necklaces bracelets and earrings all backed on shell Orange spondylus shell mosaic cuff and necklace Charlene Reano was born in 1960 in San Felipe Pueblo After studying at New Mexico Highlands University for a year she then worked with a jewellery company doing inlay stone cutting and setting Influenced by her mother inlaw Clara Reano and encouraged by her sister inlaw Angie Reano Charlene first started jewellery making with her husband Frank Reano in the 1980s Charlene s pieces incorporate contemporary ideas with traditional style and technique Whilst she designs cuts and places the stones Frank finishes the pieces with grinding and polishing The use of the finest quality stones and shells help her to create extraordinarily exotic dramatically coloured sculptural jewellery Charlene is now recognised as one of the finest mosaic artists working today Since the early 90s Charlene has been winning the blue ribbon for her work in Santa Fe This is a highly prestigious award presented for the best in contemporary jewellery art

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