From The Earth To The Sky: Patrick Dean Hubbell

1 October - 20 November 2021 Modern West

Modern West is honored to debut an exhibition of new paintings by Patrick Dean Hubbell. The exhibition, From the Earth to the Sky, will be on display Oct 1 through November 20, 2021. The Public Opening Reception will be held October 15, 6-8pm, and the Public Closing Reception with the artist will be held November 19, 6-8pm. All are invited to attend.


Patrick Dean Hubbell’s pattern-driven, atmospheric paintings reflect his exploration of materiality, spirituality, memory, landscape, oral tradition, and contemplation of identity in relation to ideas of contemporary Indigeneity. Hubbell’s works are composed of hand-gathered and ground natural earth pigments from the Navajo Nation, mixed with conventional acrylic and oil paints. He has applied those pigments across a variety of surface treatments, from traditional canvas painting formats, to sculptural installations, to deconstructed canvas and stretcher bar works reminiscent of weavings blankets. In Hubbell’s work, traditional Navajo art forms and symbols collide with expressive mark making and rich textures creating a balance and harmony echoing the beauty, ruggedness, and deep roots of the American West.


Born and raised in the Navajo Nation on the border of Arizona and New Mexico (Window Rock, AZ / Navajo, NM), Hubbell grew up in a very small, rural town and was raised practicing Navajo traditions and cultural beliefs. Hubbell received a BFA in 2010 from Arizona State University and completed his MFA this past spring at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Patrick is one of the region’s fastest-rising artists with participation in over twenty exhibitions in the past 4 years and with a current exhibition in NYC, NY at Gerald Peters Contemporary. He has been highlighted by Southwest Art’s list of “21 under 31,” and is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. Grant Award and the New Artist Society Award of SAIC. Reviews of Hubbell’s work have been published in the Albuquerque Journal, the Western Art and Architecture Magazine, 15 Bytes - Utah’s Art Magazine, and Southwest Art Magazine, among others. His work has been exhibited at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; The Autry Museum of the West, Los Angeles; Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY; and in numerous public and private collections.