On July 17th Modern West Fine Art will host a dual exhibition of artworks by Frank Buffalo Hyde and Courtney Leonard.
Frank Buffalo Hyde
Frank Buffalo Hyde is a contemporary POP Artist who uses icons to explore the miscommunication of cultures. Frank is of Native American descent and often turns stereotypical imagery on its ear with his own brand of satire.
In the past 10 years he has had a number of sold out shows. In 2013, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian purchased "SKNDNS- Native Americans on Film" a suite of 13 paintings for their permanent collection. His work is included in numerous museum and public art collections in the United States. Frank's paintings are poised to join the International art conversation with recent group shows in the Soviet Union and Japan. He maintains, "in the age of the Internet... If I can make the viewer slow down for longer then 5 seconds or create a conversation then I've done my job!"
Courtney Michele Leonard is an artist and filmmaker from the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, New York. Leonard's work explores the evolution of language, image and culture through mixed media pieces of video, audio, and tangible objects. She studied art and museums studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts (AFA 2000), Alfred University (BFA 2002), and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA 2008). Her current work embodies the multiple definitions of "Breach," an exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whale, and material sustainability.
Leonard has given lectures and exhibited nationally and internationally at Toi Ngaphui Northland College (NZ), Museum of Art and Design (New York), Eastern Connecticut University (Willimantic, USA), Tribeca Film Institute (New York), National Museum of American Indian (Washington, DC), University of the Creative Arts Farnham (UK), and the University of Rostock (DE).