Indigenous inspiration

Looking for indigenous painters who apply paint unconventionally to the canvas I discovered Samantha Hobson and Sonya Kelliher-Combs.

Samantha Hobson


Samantha is a painter who uses pigment and a conditioner like Floetrol to make the paint run. She applies the runny paint with squirt bottles and hands. Paints about land, her people and old stories. I like the vibrancy in her colours and the blacks that they emerge from or into depending on how you look at it.

Sonya Kelliher-Combs

Alaskan Native

, Sonya, uses synthetic, organic, traditional and modern materials to move beyond the oppositions between Western and Native culture, self/other, man/nature.  She examined their interrelationships and interdependencies while also questioning accepted notions of beauty. She draws from her ongoing struggle for self definition and identity in the Alaskan context. I was drawn to her use of objects to apply paint, imprint the paint and being left on the canvas.

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