Stanley Natchez ~Four Directions~


Stanley Natchez Buffalo Hyde Winter Count, oil and mixed media on canvas

Stanley Natchez Buffalo Hyde Winter Count, oil and mixed media on canvas


Stan Natchez is known for his innovative and creative paintings. Inspired by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, T.C. Cannon and other pop artists, his paintings exude the power of color and familiar objects. His canvases often begin with artifacts of American culture that either directly or indirectly reflect Indians. He then includes figures such as Native Americans, mission priests or cowboys. Intricate “stars and stripes” beadwork add texture to bold works that emanate beauty and joy. Dollar bills are layered on the canvas as a modern-day buffalo hide.

In terms of his art, Natchez feels strongly about communicating contemporary Native American philosophy that has been purged of any romantic or stereotypical idealism. 

Stan Natchez was born and raised in Los Angeles. As a painter he has been balancing traditional and modern philosophies and techniques to achieve a complex harmony. Interestingly enough, this artist arrived in front of the canvas by way of traditional Native American dances. As a traditional dancer who performed in European capitals as well as throughout the United States, Natchez developed a fine eye for both color and composition from the beadwork he created for his regalia. He also credits this artistic medium to building a stronger sense of cultural self esteem; in his travels as the traditional dancer at powwows, Natchez often learned of great native leaders from the elders of many tribes.

 In many ways, the creative expression afforded by dancing sustained Natchez through ten very structured years of teaching in both a public and private capacity. He feels very strongly that taking the best of both worlds--structured and creative, traditional and modern, spiritual and materialistic--is the best way to achieve the harmony needed to excel as well as survive today. In terms of his art, Natchez feels equally strongly about communicating contemporary Native American Philosophy that has been purged of any romantic or stereotypical idealism.

Stanley Natchez Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, oil and mixed media on stock certificates

Stanley Natchez Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, oil and mixed media on stock certificates


                      Courtney Leonard's ceramic Pathways Bowls

                      Courtney Leonard's ceramic Pathways Bowls

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