Artist Biography: Dan Namingha
Dan Namingha is from the Tew-Hopi tribe. He has been showing professionally as an artist for forty years. His works command unwavering respect for the earth and spirit of his ancestry, the beautiful heritage that is the heart of his creativity. He is constantly drawn to his roots so deeply embedded in ceremony yet allows us only a guarded glimpse of his sacred traditions; the spirit messengers, the kachinas representing blessings, ancestors and cloud people – all of these forming the interim of visage between the physical and the spirit world.
Namingha paints and sculpts the imagery of his homeland and his peoples, always with the integrity instilled in him by that depth of belief and love of spirit. Drawing and painting was a natural part of Hopi childhood. It gave him a way to express his strong feelings about the culture and environment leading to a path of creative freedom. Namingha feels that change and evolution are a continuum; socially, politically, spiritually and that the future of our planet and membership of the human race must be monitored to insure survival in the spirit of cultural and technology diversity. He says that only then can we merge the positive and negative polarization and balance so necessary to communal spirit of the universe.
Among the best known and most honored living Native American artists, Dan Namingha blends realism and abstract modernism with stunning graphic power. Both a biography and a critical study, this book is the first to present Namingha’s dazzling paintings and sensuous bronze sculptures inspired by the cultural symbols and landscape of the desert Southwest.
Thomas Hoving, former director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examines Namingha’s Hopi heritage (his great-grandmother was a legendary Hopi potter) and his childhood on a reservation in Arizona, and explains their influence on his art. The 120 stunning illustrations, including 80 full-color plates-ranging from the powerful Kachina series of paintings to a monumental bronze for the New Mexico state capitol-convey the stark imagery and timelessness of the works of this gifted, original, and important Pueblo artist.
120 illustrations, 80 in full color, 9 x 10 1/2″
THOMAS HOVING was director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from 1966 to 1977, staging numerous exhibitions including the blockbuster art show “The Treasures of Tutankhamun.” In the past 20 years he has written 14 books, among them Art for Dummies and two national best-sellers.
Video: New Mexico PBS
COLORES | Dan Namingha: Seeking Center In Two Worlds
Life is a balance for painter and sculptor Dan Namingha. Balance between the high stakes art world and his American Indian origins; balance between his distinctive abstract painting and sculpting, and his expression of the ideas and concepts of his native religion; and balance between his Hopi and Tewa origins and the dominant Anglo culture. Only thirty-four years old, Namingha uses traditional themes and concepts in his unique modern vision to communicate an essence of something beyond himself, something deeply spiritual and universally direct.