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Mary Wyant,"Buck and Mary" View details

The artists in our Southwest Collection create unique, evocative, even haunting images drawn both from reality and imagination.

Lawrence Lee, born in Arkansas but who now resides in Arizona, has been a professional artist for over 30 years. Prior to this, he was an educator, teaching fine art and art history, as well as philosophy. This combination can be seen in the pensive and wise faces of his subjects. Although he worked in various media and subject matter, he is known for his solitary and incredibly strong Indians, painted in vibrant acrylics that reflect the colors of the desert sunset. Lawrence's use of fetishes and swirling, turbulent clouds evoke a sense of magic and mystery. The unusually weathered and expressive faces give a hint of the spiritual strength and integrity of these ancient people.

Mary Wyant always dreamed of being an artist, and 30 years ago, after moving to Tuscon from Detroit to teach interior design at the University of Arizona, she met Lawrence W. Lee and her dream came true. Under the mentorship of Lawrence, she began a journey into the world of fine art, and hasn't looked back. The success of her work can be seen in the attention to detail; from the tiny glass beads on a maiden's dress to the soft wispy strands of a feather. Her sensitivity to the colors, patterns, and movement of textiles and her understanding of the reflection and contrast of light and shadow create a vivid realism. The viewer feels the breeze gently lifting the blanket and senses the warmth of the sun giving the red wool its intensity. One wants to touch the softness of the chamois moccasins and wrap herself in the security of the winter cloak.

Daniel Stolpe was transformed through a two-year living and working relationship with the Swinomish Tribe in Washington State. Welcomed into the inner-tribal circles and attending many sacred spiritual ceremonies, he developed a deep understanding of the Indians' relationship with wildlife and the environment. Since then, his work has mirrored Native American spiritual-world values. Much of his art is relative to shamanism - being one of the intermediaries between ordinary and non-ordinary states of reality, a seer and a healer. Through his art, he opens the shadow, the dark side of his persona, to find universal truth. An internationally recognized artist and master printer, Stolpe apprenticed under the artist Don La Viere, and master printer Joseph Funk. Stolpe's work is represented in over 25 major collections including Fogg Art Museum, Grunwald Collection (UCLA), the University of Texas, and the Portland Art Museum. He has had more than 50 solo exhibitions internationally, and has published in dozens of periodicals including the Smithsonian Magazine, Saturday Review, and Atlantic Monthly.

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