Wade Patton: Seasons
March 20 - April 28, 2017
Closing reception, Friday, April 21 from 5 – 7
Gallery Talk at 6

By Wade Patton      
Patton draws the viewer into his interpretation of the natural elements and seasonal changes of the land.  


2017 Wade Patton


The spare beauty of the prairie resonates in the work of Wade Patton. An enrolled member of the Ogallala Lakota Tribe, Patton grew up in the Black Hills surrounded by a rich culture of music and art. After obtaining a BA in art from Black Hills State University and showing at the Sioux Indian Museum in Rapid City he decided to move away.

It took leaving South Dakota for him to find his voice, represented in this most recent body of work. Yet, while pursuing other arts opportunity in Boston, Patton dreamed of home.

 “Living on the east coast, I began expressing what I missed, the beauty and splendor of the Black Hills and the skies of South Dakota. I started to draw landscapes and clouds, as a reminder of home.

Something clicked, not only in my artistic expression, but with collectors and galleries. Their response was phenomenal. I started sending work back home for exhibits and to galleries and was getting recognition and making sales.

Finally, I realized my need to return. I missed my family and I needed to pursue my art in the place where I find the most inspiration. That decision brought me straight into the thriving Native art scene.

Interestingly, when I moved back people would say, ‘Oh YOU’RE the cloud guy!’. People didn't know me, but knew my work. I’m reacquainting myself with the land and my ancestry. This is most prevalent in my new works and it’s exciting for me as an artist to look forward to the future in the works that I’ll produce.”    

With elegant line and an almost hypnotic use of pattern, Patton draws the viewer into his interpretation of the natural elements and seasonal changes of the land. His mastery of graphite evokes the subtlest of phenomenon and his sparing use of color inspired by beadwork, orchestrates the prairie grasses, stormy skies and the power of buffalo.

                                                                        Deborah Mitchell, Director

                                                                        Apex Gallery    

“He’s establishing a style of his own. There’s nothing like it right now in the Indian art world.”

Artist Don Montileaux on Wade Patton’s most recent work.


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