James Ratliff Gallery, Hillside Sedona, unveils the latest artwork of Navajo artist David K. John on Friday, May 6th at a reception from 5-8 P.M. in an exhibition entitled Glitter World. Mr. John will attend. His new paintings provide a further glimpse into the sacred world of the Navajo.
"Glitter Word" David K. John, 50" x 36"
"Full Moon Village" David K. John, 16" x 20"
The Navajo legend of Earth’s evolution through time, which involves 4 worlds, is very important. According to John, “ We’re now living in the Fourth World which I like to call Glitter World.” David K. John comes to this idea by observing our world’s current dazzling array of electronic devices, games and gadgets and focused attention on entertainment, owning the “right” clothes, shoes, jewelry, fast cars, and so much more.
A highly awarded and collected artist, David K. John’s artwork can be found in many homes throughout the US and Europe as well as the collections of museums including the Phoenix Heard Museum; Navajo Tribal Museum in Window Rock, NM; Santa Fe Institute of American Indian Arts; Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis,IN; and the Red Cloud Museum in SD. James Ratliff Gallery invites you to come and meet Mr. John and enjoy a glass of wine and view the beautiful new paintings. The show will continue through the month of May.
"First Snow" David K. John, 36" x 24"
Roy offers landscapes: observed, remembered and imagined. Her current work speaks to Lelija’s intense need to be one with the natural world and to celebrate the beauty of earth’s biodiversity. Her creative process is essentially terra-forming. Her multi-layered canvases start with earth, water and sky. Later she grows rocks and trees and plants.
Forest Ballet 20x60
Roy discusses her new work: “The work in this new solo show focuses attention on defining moments. As the show’s title suggests, the sun plays a key role in my new work. Each painting, in its own way, portrays a moment in the landscape when the sun spotlights, highlights, or even obscures the scene.”
Roy’s “Transitions” illustrate three components of the art experience: the artist’s vision, the viewer’s perception and the commonality to both through the prism of the “work”. Roy expresses texture as color and color as texture. She works with acrylic paints and a long list of other water-based media pigments. Various rice papers, lace, silk, fibers, handmade paper and metals form the texture as well as the color. She then hand paints these materials and her process combines mono-printing, watermarks and numerous painting techniques. Resulting paintings typically include as many as twenty layers. Careful to select only professional quality pigments, no published or published papers are ever used by the artist. To further assure archival quality, each piece receives an acrylic gel and a final UV polymer varnish. Roy carefully extends the image to all four sides of her gallery-wrapped stretched canvases, so no framing is required.
As an only child, Roy reflects: “My best friends were a box of crayons. My spirit poured on to countless pieces of paper.” Roy’s formal art training began in the 1970s at the Art Students League in New York City and a BFA was earned from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her early career in graphic design morphed into publishing, educational research and teaching. Roy’s work is held in both public and private collections throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.
Disappearing Into Dreams 48x36
Morning Aspen 36x36
Vanishing Into Winter 40x30