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Samuel LaFountain


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Samuel Greatwalker LaFountain was born in 1986 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His Tribal affiliation are the Turtle Mountain Band Of Chippewa/Dine’ tribe. He was always surrounded by art. He delved in painting, drawing and sculpture. However, his passion was for Jewelry.

 

At the age of eleven, he won his first award. His artistic talents were sure to flourish. His jewelry skills were cultivated by traditional techniques through his Mother, Gloria Goldtooth. Samuel learned sculptural forms from his Father, Presley LaFountain, who is a Stone Sculptor. He further pursed jewelry techniques through his self-taught exploration. He also learned different techniques from various family friends that are jewelers.

 

Samuel has developed a diligent process of turning raw materials into wearable jewelry, which shows his creativity and style. Samuel enjoys working with traditional materials, such as silver and turquoise. He also has his own contemporary ideas that bring different materials like cuttlebone casting; black jade, gold, and precious gemstones to be incorporated with his jewelry pieces. Organic shapes influence all his creative jewelry pieces and textures found through out the environment of his homelands.

 

Artist Statement

 

When I was growing up, I watched my parents & family friends generate art. I found myself drawn to the fabrication of shaping my ideas into wearable art. The process of harmonizing raw materials with contemporary traditional designs always evokes me to create the next piece.

 

 

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Samuel Greatwalker LaFountain
PO Box 32956 Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Santa Fe Indian School- High School Diploma

Exhibitions

2001- "Wheelwright Museum Invitational for Young Native American Artist" Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM

2003- "Wheelwright Museum Invitational for Young Native American Artist" Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM

2010- "Freedom of Information: FBI, Indian Country and Surveillance" Athalenia Studios, Santa Fe, NM

2012- "Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Contemporary Native American Art from the Northeast and Southeast" Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York, United States

June 26, 2012-October 21, 2012 Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, United States

November 18, 2012-February 10, 2013 McMichael Canadian Art Collection Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada

March 10, 2013-June 10, 2013 Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

August 15, 2013- December 31, 2013 University of Michigan Art Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

May 24, 2014-August 17, 2014

Shows

1997-2014 Santa Fe Indian Market, SWAIA, Santa Fe, NM

2010-2011 Santa Fe Indian Winter Market, SWAIA, Santa Fe,NM

2008 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indian Market and Festival, Indianapolis, IN

2008 Ziibiwing Cultural Center, Mount Pleasant, MI

2008 Autry National Center, Autry Indian Art Market, Los Angeles, CA

2008- 2014 Heard Museum Guild "Indian Fair & Market" Phoenix, Arizona

2012 National Museum of the American Indian "Art Market" New York, New York

Awards

1997 Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Youth Division, Sculpture, 1st Place, Santa Fe Indian Market, SWAIA, Santa Fe, NM

2001 Wheelwright Museum Youth Award Jewelry age 14, 1st place

2003 Wheelwright Museum Youth Award Jewelry age 16, 1st place 2011 Honorable Mention Contemporary Bracelet category, Santa Fe Indian Market, SWAIA, Santa Fe, NM

2012 Best of Classification I Jewelry and Lapidary, Division 1st place Personal Adornment (Bracelet, Buckles), Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair& Market, Phoenix, AZ

Permanent Collection


2001 Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM USA 2012 Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York USA 










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