Paintings by Brent Learned, Cheyenne/Arapaho
NATIVE PEOPLE MAGAZINE ~ August, 2014
"Of the many portraits Brent Learned (Cheyenne/Arapaho) has painted throughout his long career, it’s the one of his mother, Juanita, as a baby being held by her grandmother that sticks out as the one he’s most proud of. It resides at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
“After I graduated from college, I asked my mom if there was anything I could do to make her proud, and she said, ‘I want you to paint your heritage,’” says Learned, 44, who was raised and continues to live in Oklahoma City.
“Well, that was somewhat new to someone who grew up in the city. I mean, I did read a lot about [Native Americans], but had never done any paintings. At the public school I went to, half the kids were white and the other half were black. A red man didn’t really fit in there, and we really never learned much about my culture.”
But Learned says once he began to research the history of Native peoples as a young adult, he was hooked. Now, he says, his work attempts to “capture the essence, accuracy, emotion and historical authenticity of the American Indian in a contemporary vision.”
10.5 watercolor painting on waterclor paper measuring 11x14
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