Contemporary Native Art to Russia

This website shows the art and artists involved in the June-July 2012 Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art and the September-October 2012 Novosibirsk State Museum of Art biennial.

Stephen Wood

B.A., 2004, Fine Art, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA

Lives in Oklahoma, USA

In his work as a painter and a ceramist, the Cherokee artist Stephen Wood deftly combines modern European and American styles with historic Native American subject matter, creating what he calls "Indian pop art with a twist." Mr. Wood, who lives in Oklahoma, honored his thirtieth birthday with an exhibition of his work titled 30, at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. He incorporates many influences into his work, including traditional Cherokee ceramic techniques he learned from master potter Jane Osti, modern influences such as Cubism, and more contemporary art forms such as Pop and graffiti art. As the artist states, he wants "… to show that Indian art draws on a whole world of different influences. I think there is plenty of room for traditional and more modern takes on Indian art. I'm excited that there are so many Native artists working with a more modern spin, opening up new doors and ideas and drawing on those different influences." His painting of a field of cornstalks, Popcorn!, with exposed kernels exploding into popcorn blends these influences.  He equates the image with street art, noting that the “one thing that always catches my eye is street art. … Its bold use of line and color [is] something I find appealing. I feel that a lot of times if it's on a wall in a museum or gallery, it's not considered art. I wish it were treated with a little more respect on both sides -- that people might take the time to notice it and see it for its strengths."

Mr. Wood has held numerous one man shows and placed highly in national competitions.

 

Stephen Wood,