Hopi carver Chester Polyestewa has been making Kachinas since he was a young boy. His Kachinas are made in the old, traditional manner using cottonwood roots and the same style that the Hope people have given to their own children for centuries. They are painted with natural dyes and mineral paints that he makes himself. The finishing touches are beautiful feathers, Angora goat hair and deerskin. Chester is known for his exceptional feather work. He is a well-known carver whose work is sought after by collectors around the world.
Chester Poleyestewa is a Hopi Artist who carves only in the traditional style, a style that is more similar to that of kachinas of the early 1800’s: arms tucked close to the body and well thought out adornment. This differs from the intricately carved kachinas that are heavily carved with exaggerated motion.
Utah painter G. Russell Case is deeply invested in the mysteries of simplicity, and his native landscape has provided him with an impressive laboratory. “How you go about simplifying is one of the hardest things about painting,” he acknowledges. “It’s like a novel. You have your main character, and then your supporting characters, and after that the more stuff you put in, the more distracting it gets.” In painting, each brush stroke or compositional element signifies a host of conscious and unconscious decisions, and each precludes a host of other possibilities. Drawing just enough of the right detail from the landscape is fraught with enough opportunities to wreck a whole day’s work. “What I like is when I come upon a scene so simple that I actually have to add interest back in,” he laughs. “The point of simplicity is to let the idea come through the landscape.”
William Thomas Mullarky (1897 - 1959) was known as “Tom” to the locals. Tom Mullarky was a photographer of some re-known from Gallup, New Mexico who recorded images of early 20th century Native American life in the Pueblos of Acoma, Zuni, Hopi and in the Navajo lands around them. His notable works were taken during the late 1920’s through the middle 1950’s.
Michael Horse, of Yaqui, Mescalero Apache, Zuni, European and Hispanic descent, was born Michael Heinrich Horse in a place he calls “near Tucson”. He moved to Los Angeles,“the biggest urban Indian community in the U.S.,” when he was ten. There, Navajo, Cheyenne, and Sioux families surrounded him. He participated in the ceremonial dances at intertribal powwows from an early age.
Drake Seaman (1935-2000), Southwestern artist, was born 1935 and died December 2000.Before becoming an artist, Drake worked as a cowboy on ranches in Wyoming where he experienced the real west. He painted cowboys, cattle, landscapes-life on a ranch. He also painted murals with Ray Strong. One of Seaman's landscape murals is in a Seventh Day Adventist Church in Santa Barbara, California. A mural titled "Prodigal Son" is in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Williams, Arizona.
Steve Seltzer, born in 1955 in Great Falls, Montana, was influenced by his grandfather, Montana artist Olaf C. Seltzer and their close friend Charles Russell. Their influence was apparent even in Steve’s early work, which was mostly western art. Steve graduated from Montana State University where he studied architecture. In 1973 Steve decided to pursue his dream of becoming a full time artist, and moved to California to study with Donald Putman. He has since moved back to Montana, painting primarily the Plains Indians.
Gregory Lomayesva is a mixed media artist drawing from his Hopi and Hispanic heritage as well as popular culture icons. Well known for his inspired and colorful, carved wooden masks and figures, Gregory’s work ranges from small masks to large works in wood, bronze and steel.