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Native American Art: Traditions & Their Origins

Native American Art by John Nieto
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Native American Artists Weren’t Always Recognized as “Artists” 

The emergence of contemporary American Indian art has garnered recognition from nationally and globally acclaimed art institutions. Yet, the word “art” reveals one of the basic differences between European and Native American ideologies. Traditionally, Native Americans did not adopt art as a major way of life as European cultures in the West did. Apart from a few small groups, the word “art” and “artist” was not even present in traditional American Indian languages. Continue reading Native American Art: Traditions & Their Origins

Exploring and Understanding Contemporary Native American Art

 The Importance of Native American Art

Wolf-in-Native-American-Art

When you behold the captivating art décor of contemporary Native American artist John Nieto, you instantly recognize unique elements engrained in each masterpiece. Traditional Native American themes are affectionately portrayed with daring, audacious colors and vivid imagery; creating a sense of nostalgia and cultural dignity in every art piece. Bold strokes and primary colors give character and depth to each painting. Nieto adapts traditional linear techniques when adding detail and intensity to his etchings and drawings. The methods and sentiments towards each art piece he creates cause his work to stand out. Continue reading Exploring and Understanding Contemporary Native American Art

The Symbolism of the Bear in Native American Art

Native American Art and its Historical Symbolism of the Grizzly Bear

You’ve been told to run and hide at the site of them, but did you know that bears are a symbol of strength, family, vitality, courage and health for traditional Native American tribes? Native American art and legends are filled with bear-like influences, and often hold strong symbolism.  Today, the bear has a strong influence in modern contemporary art.  Continue reading The Symbolism of the Bear in Native American Art

What is a Giclee Print?

What Makes a Giclee Print Different from Other Artwork Reproductions?

For art lovers, contemporary giclee prints can be a smart way to begin a modern art collection. Giclee prints provides the best form of color accuracy above any other form of reproduction, and also lasts the longest when taken care of. Giclee print is the closest and strongest form of art reproduction, and will strongly mimic any original modern art piece that you love. Continue reading What is a Giclee Print?

Add Color to your Summer Decor with John Nieto Paintings

Brighten up the Room With Nieto Fine Art

Contemporary art in home

The sun is out and it’s time to break out the summer decor! John Nieto’s contemporary wall art is full of rich, vibrant color schemes and can add the right amount of pizzazz to any room. But if you’re wondering how to incorporate the best color combinations into a room without overwhelming the senses, apply these general rules when decorating your home. Continue reading Add Color to your Summer Decor with John Nieto Paintings

Development of Fauvism and Its Influences

Development of Fauvism and Its Influences

Developed in France during the 20th century, Fauvist Style Art combines simplified form with exaggerated colors to display more profoundly the deeper sentiments of a painting. Fauvists believe that color should describe how an object looks and simultaneously display the feelings an artist has about it’s painting. Continue reading Development of Fauvism and Its Influences

The New Collector’s Guide to Limited Edition Reproductions

Contemporary Art Prints and Reproductions

Original fine art prints, much like fine local California wines, are often only produced in small batches. They are made by hand and etched one at a time by the artist. The most sought-after art prints are created with high-quality materials. Their exceptional quality distinguishes them from reproductions and makes them hard, if not impossible, to replicate. Continue reading The New Collector’s Guide to Limited Edition Reproductions

How to Mix Contemporary Art into Your Home

Decorating with Wall Art

Contemporary artwork can add an undercurrent of energy to any home, but many people with more traditional furnishings may be reluctant to take the plunge. That’s too bad, because mixing contemporary artwork with traditional décor is a lot easier than you may think – and it can add a welcome burst of color and energy that can help your entire room feel more focused and alive. Continue reading How to Mix Contemporary Art into Your Home

Artist Feature: Eric Bailey

A San Francisco Artist

Influential artist, Eric Bailey, specializes in abstract and contemporary art that critics have described as forward-thinking and inspirational. The son of creative parents, Bailey showed artistic aptitude early in life. He earned his B.A. from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, where he now lives and works. Continue reading Artist Feature: Eric Bailey