On 1st Friday, December 1st from 5-8 pm, Turquoise Tortoise Gallery is thrilled to welcome back Michael Horse, widely recognized for revitalizing interest in the “ledger art” style of Native American painting. He gives what promises to be an enlightening Artist Talk at 5:45 that evening. His distinctive watercolor paintings, which pay homage to the two-dimensional, reservation-era style and make often pointed statements of their own, have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., The Heard Museum in Phoenix and, in 1997 Michael Horse had a 20-year retrospective of his work featured at Los Angeles’s Southwest Museum.
Now, twenty years later, Michael Horse continues to lead the field in exploring, with ever-evolving nuance, what has come to be acknowledged as a type of “internment art” - from an era of struggle and transition which continues to echo across generations.
Michael Horse describes ledger art paintings as a type of Native American folk art which started in the mid‑1800's and was traditionally an art form of the Plains Indians. The images document what was going on in "Indian Country" from a Native perspective.
From a talented family of jewelers, potters and painters, Michael Horse is also a skilled jeweler particularly known for his extraordinary sterling silver with turquoise katsina pendants, cuffs and rings.
Mark your calendars and stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery 1st Friday evening to meet Michael Horse, artist, actor and activist, and to hear his Artist Talk at 5:45 and see new paintings and jewelry unveiled.
“Michael Horse: Life on Ledgers” runs through December.