September is here, where did the rest of the year go?

Welcome readers and friends, we’re finally in September and there’s plenty of news and events to update you on.  First off I would like to announce the start of the new gallery season at 1Spot Gallery.


“Repurposed Lines” will “showcase objects and drawings originally created for a specific audience, which have been enhanced through line work to appeal to a different clientele.
These objects will beautify your home or adorn yourself – authentic wearable indigenous art.

storyofmylifeThe repurposing I’m doing involves handbags, and mens/womens shoes, embellished with hand drawn line work done in my unique style.  The lines in this case refer to the product line and the lines being used in the repurposing process. This event will go from 6-10pm on First Friday, and 6-10pm, First and Third Friday in October.  As part of this show, I will be debuting a series of 6 ink drawings that are hand colored on bristol board, along with new digital prints that have been expanded upon by utilizing line work and color, and modified photo-mechanical offset litho prints (I tried to find a suitable art term, but came across no standard definition of this process).

With this new show, we are looking forward to the Movie Poster show in November/December, “Not Yet Rated 3.0”, which is still open for submissions.

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The deadline for final submissions will be Sunday, October 4th, 2015, despite the typo on the Call to Artists form.  We’re looking forward to this show and to the amazing art that is generated from this annual show.

edgeLast month was also Santa Fe Indian Market, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  This year I was invited by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) to participate in a new exhibit titled, “Indian Market Edge, Contemporary Art Exhibition” held at the Santa Fe Convention Center during the market weekend.  I was asked to display 3 digital pieces, “Mechanica II“, “Happy“, and “New Paradigm.”  The opening night was hectic, however Mechanica II sold to a collector in Santa Fe.  The opening festivities consisted of live art and live music by several DJ’s, including Randy “Boogie” Barton, fresh off his whirlwind market experience.  Overall the event was a great insight into professional gallery presentations on “edgey” native art.  Thank you to SWAIA for the props, and the opportunity.  With all the openings events going on, the artist booth at SWAIA and IFAM, mountain biking in high altitude, gnarly food, and plenty of visiting friends, Katja and I were both tired by the end of the weekend.

P1050218And now for the last bit of news, starting September 1, 2015 to November 1, 2015, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice will feature: Imago Mundi – Map of the New Art, Featuring artwork of the Indigenous Native Americans. I mentioned in a previous post about participating in this world wide project with a small mixed media painting titled “Read Between The Lines“.  I will have the opportunity to pop on over to Venice for a few days during my vacation, and we plan to check out all the great exhibits during the annual Venice Biennale.  An addition that emerged from this project is the accompanying coffee table book that showcases all the artists involved in the North American Natives collection, as well as the pieces submitted for the project.  The book looks primo and can be purchased at Fabrica.

There will also be a new t-shirt print coming out, “The Visionary” will have limited availability, along with a limited giclee’ print run of 3, make sure to snag these before they disappear!!  Welcome back to the gallery and I hope to see everyone on Friday!!!

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May Events and the End of an Inspiring Show

BNWThis month will mark the end of the Byting Willows Exhibit at 1Spot Gallery.  After a successful 2 month showing, the pieces will only be available in a book format when the book is published, either at the end of this year, or next year.  This exhibit will also be an important milestone in the gallery’s history, for it will be my last curated group show featuring high caliber, talented, phenomenal artists.  I want to thank Katja Lehmann for her hard work, and vision in bringing the Byting Willows exhibit to fruition, and her endless drive and dedication in writing the Byting Willows book.

As most of you might know already, my gallery director resigned her position last year in November, and chose to focus on her artistic endeavors as well as welcoming a baby into her family.  We want to wish Michelle, all the best with the new changes, and She will also be relocating out of state during this time.  I want to thank Michelle for our years of hard work together and all the great collaborative events, shows, projects that have come out of this partnership.  Without her help it would have been a lot harder to balance work, the gallery, and my art.  She also introduced me to the great and vibrant art community downtown, and helped to cultivate working relationships with some awesome artists and people.

What does this mean for the future of the gallery?  I will be showcasing more of my works exclusively in the shop, and spend less time curating shows with multiple artists.  This will allow me to focus on my art work and to pursue other creative projects and opportunities while maintaining a presence in Downtown Phoenix.  I am open to the possibility of continuing to produce the yearly Movie Poster show, as well as another specialty show every year.  This also allows me to work with guest curators who want to produce a show with an indigenous artist, or group of artists.  I prefer to continue showcasing indigenous artists who do not have a voice or platform here in the city.  The availability of the gallery to host special events will also be open, provided that the event organizers take care of all the details.

The extra work that I will be unloading from myself will also address my recent health issues.  On February 5th I had several heart attack episodes, and thanks to the AZ Heart Hospital, I’m almost back to 100% a couple months later.  Currently I’m taking more time for myself, and spending more time doing my art, and the change in pace in my life is welcome.

TheNewDreamWoodWhich brings us to the last show of this season before the Gallery’s Summer Break.  I will be featuring “Brave New World”, an all digital art show with many never before seen or printed works, as well as new work, presented in an all encompassing show at 1Spot Gallery.  This show will run from May – June.  Among the debut of the new paintings, will be several prints from the STOIC line.  This batch will portray a few endangered animals incorporated into every day characters, this will be but a small sample of the unique creatures that are on the border line of extinction.

Thank you to everyone for your support and I’ll be having a birthday shindig next month on the 10th, if your interested in attending, shoot me an email, or hit me up on Facebook.  Until the next time I see you, Excelsior!! (Not the wood shavings)

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That Byting Willows Project

bytingwillowsOnlinePromoThis Third Friday, February 20th, 6pm – 10pm, I will be opening up a new exhibit at 1Spot Gallery, Byting Willows: The Revolution of the Dine’ Basket. The entire project began when I met my girlfriend, Katja Lehmann, and I told her about my idea of publishing a catalogue of the 1,500+ designs I had created for Dine’ basket, rug, and jewelry makers in Southeastern Utah more than a decade ago. During our brainstorming sessions, she suggested that she would curate an exhibition of the best designs being interpreted by other master artists and include those pieces in the book as well. This little spark led to the Byting Willows show that will be presented during the months of March and April, and the pieces that these gifted artists have worked on will finally be revealed to all of Phoenix.

FullSizeRenderThere’s something for everyone here, paintings, wood carvings, giclee prints, micaceous pots, black ash basketry, glass works, and a rug. There’s also a limited series of silk scarves, limited edition t-shirts for men and women, and earrings.  The entire plethora of work is breathtaking and I’m truly humbled that these artists agreed to work with us to produce this exhibit.

The official opening of the project is Thursday March 5th, from 6pm – 10pm, during which we will have our awesome friend Byron Fenix keeping the crowd moving.  As an added bonus, Warbird Press will have a vending machine set up offering printed goodies (bring your quarters).

That same weekend Art Detour will be in full swing, and due to scheduling conflicts 1Spot Gallery was not able to make the printed map, but we will be open on the 7th and 8th from 11am – 5pm for Art Detour devotees.  That same weekend will also mark Paint Phx’s 2nd annual celebration of all things aerosol.  1Spot Gallery will be participating by having world-famous artist, Randy Boogie Barton re-paint the front of the gallery.  And although we officially turned 2 years old in December, our awesome neighbor Andrew Pielage’s gallery the Drive-thru Gallery will be joining us in a public BBQ to mark both our gallery birthdays.  With so much awesomeness in 1 weekend, you “need” to come to Phoenix that weekend and partake in the festivities.

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2014 is drawing to a close, and it was another event filled year, with friends, family, and plenty of art and travel. The highlights include working with Project Ethos, and showing at the lovely W in Scottsdale, having my art shown in Times Square in New York, Coachella, and Scope Art Miami. The amazing trip to Germany and working on the road, and beginning the design book project I wanted to do for a long time.


Plenty of amazing art was also created by my hands this year, whether it be digital or on canvas or paper, I had plenty of great shows this year. And now to next year, next year will start with a bang, as I will showcase my ink drawings at 1Spot Gallery. The original medium that I started out my art career with will be on display Jan-Feb. While the art will be black and white, the overall theme of the show will also be dark, with a progression to new, light, and lofty works included. I will be including pieces that a lot of my collectors and friends have not seen yet, so expect plenty of surprises. “Inked” will debut for First Friday in January.

This month 1Spot Gallery has also reached its 2 year anniversary, and while we don’t have anything planned, it’s a great milestone in the gallery’s history.  Thank you to everyone, collectors, friends, patrons, employees, and volunteers, who have made 2014 a year to remember!!!

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New Digital Prints on Wood!

Greetings to my fellow art lovers, I’m branching out into prints on wood and will have three new pieces available this month. I’m releasing one of the last major Brushes App paintings I created, “Elevated”, and two ArtStudio App paintings, “The New World”, and “The New Dream”.


Brushes for iPhone Digital Print on Wood
8″ x 12″







“The New World”
ArtStudio for iPad Digital Print on Wood
10″ x 20″




“The New Dream”
ArtStudio for iPad Digital Print on Wood
9″ x 12″




I will also be printing new digital works on aluminum next month, and I’ll post a notice when I have those prints in.  Thank you to my supporters and I look forward to hearing from you!!


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A policy of 1

September is a cooling off time here in the Valley, and the cooler temps bring out all the Phoenicians like ants after a heavy storm.  The Fall season at the gallery is also a time of new exhibits and returning shows.

nyr2This year, 1Spot Gallery is bringing back our movie poster show with “Not Yet Rated 2”  The requirements are on the Ziindi site, as well as on our facebook page, Indigenous artists from the world over are encouraged to submit your art.

The book project “Byting Willows” is also progressing, and I don’t have any new pics to share, but we did discover quite a bit more original drawings back from 1995.  We’re going to take one of those drawings and include it in the show in March.

I’ve also been productive as usual this month, producing new ink drawings, along with working on a pair of Foomi’s.  And I also finished two paintings as well.

photo 1The first finished painting is titled “Read Between the Lines”, and is a piece on giving voice to the indigenous people who have no platform to voice their opinions.  Subtle statements and opinions on land, sovereignty, and equal rights are written over a multi-colored background. I used spray paints, oil markers, and acrylic for this piece. I finished up this painting in the early morning hours, and after completing this and stepping out into the quiet night and the neighborhood, it was a welcome catharsis to the anger I had when I entered my studio.

photo 2The next piece I completed is titled, “The Burden of It All”, and contains spray paint, marker, and acrylic.  Originally a darker piece, I tried using colors I normally don’t use and made the painting pop better in the process.  Some of the paintings I create have a lot of emotion in them, and I decided to show that in the title.  Also of interest is the use of gold paint in this piece, it accentuates the yellow nicely!

photo This month I started sketching “Do’ Tso'” again, the translated title means “Big Fly”.  One of the Big Series paintings that I have on the back burner, I was stuck translating the sketch to the 4′ x 5′ canvas, and I had left it leaning up against my wall for over several months.  Usually when I hit a block like this on a particular canvas, the solution comes into my head either several; days, months, years later.  In this case I was lucky that it was several months.  My original study for this drawing depended on surreal human aspects for the main character, as well as using grasshopper limbs as the legs to the side of the body.  However when I was scaling the study up, I saw that this approach wouldn’t be as dramatic on a grander scale.  Hence the block.

Over the past weekend and week, I resolved the crisis of hand/imagination, and am now nearly done completing the full outline of the painting.  Leaving nothing to chance or on the “fly” painting, sketching the full idea out makes painting large works easier.  I hope to get to the color phase by next month, barring other projects I have on my hands currently.

photo (2)Another side item, I recently completed some new t-shirts using the new STOIC logo, a limited run of 6 dirty print t-shirts.  Check them out in the Gallery when you stop by, the sizes are small, smaller, smallest, so maybe for them young chilluns.

Right now, my stock of Phoenix shirts is low, and I only have two shirts left, and I also have Rez Deep shirts still available.

As always, thank you for listening/reading/scrutinizing/supporting my art and I’ll update you on the status of all my projects next month!

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Imago Mundi

This past weekend was the Santa Fe Indian Market, as well as the first IFAM market, with both markets gathering a large amount of artists and collectors. The amount of revenue pouring into Santa Fe every year is staggering, and very vital to the galleries and artists who depend on this collector base. Outside of these events, are the smaller gallery openings and events that keep everyone entertained, from concerts, to fashion shows, there were a lot of events every night for Market weekend.

P1050218This year, we heard about an event occurring at Winterowd Fine Art, that was featured in collaboration with Contemporary Native Art Magazine. Jennifer Karch Verze’, made a presentation about the Imago Mundi Contemporary Native Art Project and presented interested artists with canvases to participate in the project. Here’s the project description from the event page:

“Luciano Benetton’s IMAGO MUNDI project with Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, of Treviso, Italy is growing day by day in importance as a result of the enthusiastic voluntary involvement of artists from across the world. IMAGO MUNDI aims to take the enormous art collection on a journey, to the widest possible number of people around the world. It is a collective project which will portray our world – its geography, the spirit of the new times, its people – through art …… Check out the website of Imago Mundi to see how it grows daily with new collections organized by international scholars and Curators.”

P1050216You can find more information about Imago Mundi on their website:

My personal creation for Imago Mundi is included with this post; titled “Read Between The Lines“, the image features an internal conversation mixed in with a conversation with my girlfriend, and with Navajo words that signify self determination, resilience, and a strong mental self.  I hadn’t taken any art supplies with me, aside from my usual pens and sharpies, but my friend, Michelle, had some markers, and I ended up buying some colored pencils to augment the painting.  The final piece came out as I envisioned and I’m glad that it will be added to this growing collection of works.

Thank you for the opportunity Jennifer, and I cannot wait to see the catalog when it is published, along with the other amazing native artists included in the North American collection.


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