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Gallery Exhibition: Last Eagle / Last Gun: Modern Recordings of Ancient Blackfoot Symbolism

Nov 18 - Jan 24, 2025 10AM-5PM

Patton-Malott Gallery

Terrance Guardipee is an internationally acclaimed Blackfeet painter and ledger artist, consistently recognized for the traditional depiction of his Blackfeet heritage and the contemporary innovation demonstrated in his work. Guardipee was one of the first Native artists to revive the historical ledger art tradition, and the first ledger artist to transform the style from the single-page custom into his signature map collage concept. The map collage concept is based on the ledger art style, but in addition to single-page ledgers he incorporates various antique documents such as maps, war rations, and checks. In all his artwork, Guardipee uses antique documents dating from the mid-19th century and typically originating from the historical and present Blackfeet homeland of Montana. 

Guardipee is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana and illustrates his personal experience of Blackfeet culture in combination with his educational experience in his artwork. He was raised in the Blackfeet homeland in northern Montana, and as a result, the cultural life and history of the Blackfeet people became a foundational part of his identity. Moreover, he regularly participates in the traditional Blackfeet ceremonies often depicted in his artwork. 

Guardipee’s understanding and personal knowledge of authentic Blackfeet history and traditional culture is expressed in his work. He lived in Montana until he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he studied two-dimensional arts. His educational experience at IAIA enabled him to incorporate the contemporary color palette he is known for in a manner that is consistent with Blackfeet tradition.

 

Terran Last Gun, Saakwaynaamah’kaa (Last Gun) (b. 1989, Browning, MT) is a  contemporary visual artist and citizen of the Piikani (Blackfeet) of Montana—Piikani is  one of four nations that make up the Blackfoot Confederacy. Last Gun’s work focuses  on color and shape exploration, and the visual documentation of nature, cosmos,  narratives, and recollections. Often employing geometric aesthetics, he contributes to  an ancient yet continuum Indigenous North American narrative through various media,  including ledger drawing, printmaking, painting, and photography. 

Last Gun received his BFA in Museum Studies and AFA in Studio Arts from the Institute  of American Indian Arts in 2016. He has received awards from the First Peoples Fund  2020 Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute 2018 Story Maps  Fellowship, and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture 2016 Goodman Fellowship. Last  Gun was named one of the 2022 12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now in Southwest  Contemporary (formerly THE Magazine). He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New  Mexico.

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Terrance Guardipee

Terrance Guardipee is an internationally acclaimed Blackfeet painter and ledger artist, consistently recognized for the traditional depiction of his Blackfeet heritage and the contemporary innovation demonstrated in his work. Guardipee was one of the first Native artists to revive the historical ledger art tradition, and the first ledger artist to transform the style from the single-page custom into his signature map collage concept. The map collage concept is based on the ledger art style, but in addition to single-page ledgers he incorporates various antique documents such as maps, war rations, and checks. In all his artwork, Guardipee uses antique documents dating from the mid-19th century and typically originating from the historical and present Blackfeet homeland of Montana.  Guardipee is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana and illustrates his personal experience of Blackfeet culture in combination with his educational experience in his artwork. He was raised in the Blackfeet homeland in northern Montana, and as a result, the cultural life and history of the Blackfeet people became a foundational part of his identity. Moreover, he regularly participates in the traditional Blackfeet ceremonies often depicted in his artwork.  Guardipee’s understanding and personal knowledge of authentic Blackfeet history and traditional culture is expressed in his work. He lived in Montana until he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he studied two-dimensional arts. His educational experience at IAIA enabled him to incorporate the contemporary color palette he is known for in a manner that is consistent with Blackfeet tradition.

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Terran Last Gun

Terran Last Gun, Saakwaynaamah’kaa (Last Gun) (b. 1989, Browning, MT) is a  contemporary visual artist and citizen of the Piikani (Blackfeet) of Montana—Piikani is  one of four nations that make up the Blackfoot Confederacy. Last Gun’s work focuses  on color and shape exploration, and the visual documentation of nature, cosmos,  narratives, and recollections. Often employing geometric aesthetics, he contributes to  an ancient yet continuum Indigenous North American narrative through various media,  including ledger drawing, printmaking, painting, and photography.  Last Gun received his BFA in Museum Studies and AFA in Studio Arts from the Institute  of American Indian Arts in 2016. He has received awards from the First Peoples Fund  2020 Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute 2018 Story Maps  Fellowship, and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture 2016 Goodman Fellowship. Last  Gun was named one of the 2022 12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now in Southwest  Contemporary (formerly THE Magazine). He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New  Mexico.

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Terrance Guardipee, Keepers of the Medicine Lodges

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