Nocona Burgess honors Native American subjects in his paintings

Nocona Burgess | New Work: Homage #TCCannon
Show Opens: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Special Artist’s Reception: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Location: Bonner David Galleries

After incorporating his own style into his traditional paintings, Nocona Burgess feels a connection to them as well, and sees his paintings as a way of saying ‘thank you to Indians for their sacrifices’. Nocona’s work this season pays homage to one of his influences, T.C. Cannon.

Along with his artist’s reception, Scottsdale Gallery Association will be holding a Native Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk on February 28th, paying homage to Native American artists.

“Storytellers”

IMG_6945_edited webFor Scottsdale’s Native Artwalk, Bonner David Galleries has a spectacular show featuring two native artists, Painter Nocona Burgess and the our newest sculptor artist,  Holly Wilson. Together their works express two different ways of carrying on traditional and their works are both inspired and informed by stories of their histories, culture and beliefs.

Nocona Burgess, who is Comanche, uses accents of highly saturated colors in unexpected way to create the portraits of the real-life people from his heritage, those from the history of art and the animals he that filled the stories he heard as a child. His unique style blends the an often monochromatic figure, which vaguely resembles the black and white photo he may have used as inspiration with bold, unmistakable pops of vivid color, leaving his own mark on the pasts that inspire him.

image001Holly Wilson, Cherokee/Delaware, creates incredibly intricate, bronze and wood sculptures inspired by a mixture of observed human emotion and the legends of her background. Using the traditional lost wax method, Wilson creates each of her sculptures as one of a kind pieces, singular in edition, as she believes that each work of art has a unique spirit that can not be duplicated.

The show will open February 27, 2014 and remain on display until March 17, 2014. On Thursday, February 27, from 6-9 pm there will be a special artists reception to open the exhibit. This stunning show is one you do not want to miss, so come and join us for a night of exquisite art.

Nocona Burgess Native Artwalk

Kicks IronThis Thursday, February 28th, on Main street is Scottsdale’s Native Artwalk. In celebration of the rich culture and long standing tradition of fine art among Native artsts, Bonner David Galleries will be featuring the work of Native artist, Nocona Burgess.

Burgess is a Comanche from Lawton Oklahoma, from a family consisting of several artists, which specialize in many forms of art. Considering his close relationship with art all throughout his life, he feels it was inevitable that he would one day become an artist himself, it is in his blood. 

Burgess uses his own personal, contemporary style to depict traditional subjects and old portraits. He feels the act of  painting these images and looking them over for hours at a time, allows him to connect with the subject matter and “is a way of saying thank you to them for all of their sacrifices.”

Burgess’ show will open on February 28th, during Native Artwalk from 6-9pm. Make sure to come down to the gallery to see the beautiful and unique work of Nocona Burgess.