original art by Sheldon Skillie

April's First Thursday, 2009, at Anka Gallery, Portland, Oregon

My pieces in this show, at this fine gallery, focused on my adaptation of formline style to graffiti immediacy. I wanted to translate what I was doing with fat markers into the refinements of the northern formline conventions.

1 comment:

jazz32 said...

I love your art! It's definitely a unique take on it! :)
I'm not native myself, but I want to learn how to draw Haida art. I don't know quite where to start though.. :P
Again, great job!

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Portland, Oregon, United States
I am a Haida/Lakota artist currently working in ink on paper, acrylics on canvas and paper, argillite carving, and wood relief carving. I have been drawing all my life, have studied art briefly in college, and have apprenticed under professional native Alaskan artists Norman Jackson(Tlingit) and Don Varnell(Haida). Influences on my current works vary widely, incorporating ballet-like movements taken from skateboarding, the curvilnear sculptural lines found in northwest skateparks, the distorted waveform of my favorite modern rock/jazz/punk music, of course contemporary pop art, and the refinement found in traditional northern northwest coast native art, especially Haida and Tlingit art. I was born in Mountain View, California, grew up between Seattle, Washington, and Ketchikan Alaska, eventually settling in beautiful Portland, Oregon.