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Lawton artist to exhibit special painting in Duncan

DUNCAN  Lawton artist Robert Peterson has created a special painting to exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West, which was the first Oklahoma museum to display Peterson's art five years ago. 

Since that first show, Robert has painted celebrities and for celebrities. 

"When I began creating this painting I knew that it would end up becoming one of my personal favorites because I was creating something that would be unveiled at the first place to exhibit my work in my home state of Oklahoma," Peterson said. "My goal was to bring life to the canvas and to Chief Flying Hawk who was the inspiration for this painting." 

Chief Flying Hawk (March 1854-December 24, 1931), was an Oglala Lakota warrior, historian, educator and philosopher. He battled in the Great Sioux War of 1876 (Battle of Little Bighorn) alongside his first cousin and best friend, Crazy Horse. 

Peterson describes his style as spontaneous realism. He has exhibited and sold in galleries in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Oklahoma City. He also has been a featured artist at Miami's Art Basel show. Celebrities who collect his work include Miley Cyrus, hip hop mogul, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, among others, and athletes like Floyd Mayweather and Carlos Boozer. His work has been commissioned by Nike, Tony and Guy, Monster Products and Sol Republic headphones. He recently made Oklahoma history by becoming the first African American to win artist of the year.

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