The Art of Stan Natchez

A rare opportunity to view and purchase the work of this highly important Native American artist

By Yadhira De Leon
Published on LatinoLA: June 4, 2004

The Art of Stan Natchez

Artist Stan Natchez (Shoshone-Tataviam) will exhibit and sell his mixed-media paintings July 3 through September 26, at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Because he rarely exhibits in Los Angeles, this is a rare opportunity to view and purchase the work of this highly important Native American artist.

Natchez lives in a world of two cultures?one is the American society most of us know well, and the other is the culture of his family, his tribe, and his ancestors. When Stan paints, the interface of these two disparate cultures explodes with a fierce reality. His paintings make strong visual statements in vivid colors and mixed media such as beads and collages. Stan?s paintings not only evoke a sense of history but an understanding of today?s realities.

Natchez was born and raised in Los Angeles. He feels fortunate to have been raised in the city. ?The perspective it gave me on modern life is important. However, without an awareness of our traditional heritage, we as Native Americans have no identity. It is by taking the best of both worlds that we are able to find balance in our lives.? A graduate of the University of Southern Colorado and former Humanities Department Chairman at Arizona?s Orme School, Natchez?s work is highly sophisticated and he looks deeply into his heritage. He began his creative career as a traditional dancer, performing at powwows throughout the United States and Europe. In putting together his dance regalia he learned the beading techniques you find now on his colorful, mixed-media paintings.

Natchez currently lives in Arizona and exhibits widely at museums and prestigious galleries throughout the United States and abroad. He shows regularly in London and Hamburg, Germany. He also recently exhibited in Munich, Germany, and is widely collected in Japan. In 1998 a book of his work, titled Meeting on a Bridge, was printed in Germany.

This exhibition takes places in the Lower Lobby of the Southwest Museum and is free with museum admission. Visit the Southwest Museum website at www.southwestmuseum.org.

The Southwest Museum holds one of the nation?s most important museum, library, and archive collections related to the American Indian. In addition, it has extensive holdings of pre-Hispanic, Spanish colonial, Latino, and Western American art and artifacts. For nearly one hundred years it has supported research, publications, exhibitions, and other educational activities to advance the public?s understanding and appreciation of the Americas, with particular emphasis on the western United States and Mesoamerica.

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The Southwest Museum is located at 234 Museum Drive in Mt. Washington and is easily accessible via the Metro Rail Gold Line, which stops directly across from the museum.

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