Chickasaw Artists’ Work on Display

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“Dance,” a painting by Brenda Kingery.
Jim Trosper’s photograph titled “Road.”
“Wisdom Speaks,” a painting by Timothy Tate Nevaquaya.

Chickasaw Artists’ Work on Display

Native American artists Timothy Tate Nevaquaya, Jim Trosper and Brenda Kingery approach their art differently but achieve similar results: powerful and stare-worthy.

Their paintings and photography can be seen through Feb. 29 at three separate locations across Oklahoma. Nevaquaya’s paintings are on display at the Chickasaw Visitor Center in Sulphur; Tropser’s photography is at the Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center in Davis; and Kingery’s paintings are showcased at Exhibit C in Oklahoma City.

Nevaquaya, son of artist and renowned flute player “Doc” Tate Nevaquaya, credits his father for setting the example of excellence and guiding his life and art. With his father as a teacher, he learned the basic principles in Native American art forms, as well as flute making and music composition.

“My father was Comanche, and my mother Chickasaw,” Nevaquaya said. “I’ve been immersed in Native American culture all of my life. My art is a reflection of my culture. I began my art by painting my father’s styles. As I’ve grown older, I’ve since transitioned my work to be more contemporary, a style all my own.”

Nevaquaya’s work has been shown in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Gilcrease Museum of Western Art, Philbrook Museum of Art and the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Trosper captures with his camera lens what many of us miss. Even as a child he appreciated photography and always reached for the camera during family vacations. After graduating from UCO with a degree in photographic arts, he began freelancing, carefully building a foundation for his career.

“While it does take understanding the fundamentals of photography to create a good photo, I feel that it takes emotion to make a photo great,” Trosper said. “If I stay passionate and pursue a great image, I always seem to end up in the perfect spot to get emotion from my subject.”

Whether he’s photographing live bands at the Zoo Amphitheatre or horse racing at Remington Park, Trosper challenges himself to work with new photo styles every day, to create irreplaceable images that capture great moments.

Kingery’s life is recorded through her paintings, masterfully working with textural patterns, the use of mixed media, acrylic or oil, and sometimes mica and small objects.

“My goal is to create paintings that reflect life’s breath. My work depicts textural patterns that can be described as narrative symbolism reflecting my Native culture. Some of my paintings have been known to have 25 layers of paint,” she said.

A Chickasaw artist, Kingery attended graduate school in Japan and at OU, writing her thesis on the origins and influences of Ryukyuan folk art. She was appointed by the President in 2007 to the Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indians and Native Alaskans in Santa Fe., N.M. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. and in Asia, Africa and Europe.

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