Kiowa tribal artist Blackstar exhibit opens Friday
ANADARKO - A Kiowa artist with a propensity for imbuing life into paint and sculpture will be featured beginning Friday at the Southern Plains Indian Museum.
The paintings of Kiowa tribal artist Benjamin Blackstar will be featured through Aug. 18 in an exhibit that's free and open to the public.
"Mr. Blackstar has an extraordinary talent that we are excited to exhibit," said Bambi Allen, museum director.
A graduate of Riverside Indian School, Blackstar is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha. He lives in Anadarko with his wife and children. Following completion of his degree, he plans on pursuing a career as a professional artist.
Predominantly an oil painter and sculptor of three-dimensional pieces, his artistic process includes stretching his own canvases and making his paint, Allen said. To produce colors he prefers, he mixes earth pigments with linseed oil.
"Although he first began painting in 2010, Blackstar has matured quickly as an artist," Allen said. "This careful attention to materials allows him to produce paintings of exceptional detail."
Blackstar's artwork "reveals a natural gift for contrasting colors and shadows," Allen said. Employing the classical techniques of chiaroscuro and tenebrism, from the Baroque and Romantic eras of European art, the influence of Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Peter Paul Rubens is apparent in his work.
"Many of his paintings feature dramatically illuminated figures bathed in contrasting light and shadow, drawing the viewer into the artwork," Allen said. "Combining the inspirational artistry of European master artists with Native American ideas and subject matter, Blackstar produces stunning pieces of fine art."