Description Descriptionthe work of the great edward curtis is in the public domain. he provided an extraordinary chronicle of the last days of the unfettered lifestyle of the first americans and immediate aftermath of the genocide. i don't pretend that i can improve upon his images, but i was asked to do some poster work for the local indian arts and culture festival here and so i took another serious look at some of his classic images. the first challenge in using his pictures is finding images of decent resolution. like any photographer furthermore it's rare for anyone to take the perfect picture. the wonderful model in this image for example was taken with a fairly cluttered background; again-- with humility --what i can do with my computer and montage techniques is to create a new picture combining his and my own elements to (hopefully) contribute something original. this rendering shows a saddled elder with an american flag around the neck of the horse: details which signal something around the turn of the century. i have added a bleached skull and a grassland vista to evoke the other holocaust of the era, the nearly complete extermination of the bison. it cannot be without the most profound grief that the former nomadic hunter has happened upon this reminder of the halcyon days of his people. he may imagine that the distant hawk embodies some talisman of hope.
R Christopher Vest, Dolores, Colorado Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement Chris Vest is a self-taught artist with a 25 year background in pen and ink drawing, oil painting, scratch board, photography and screen printing. In the 1990s he embraced the computer revolution and developed a way to merge painting and photography in the digital medium. In the tradition of Alfred Stieglitz's "Photo-Secessionist" movement, the photographic image is transformed by intense painterly manipulation to create textures and effects that attempt to bridge the unique properties of photography and painting, a process he has dubbed the "painted photo montage".
Chris professionally divides his time between fine art, graphic design, and natural history illustration. He contributed birding vistas to a book published in 2010 by the American Bird Conservancy called 'Bird Conservation'.
After years of wandering, traveling and living in Alaska, Switzerland, Israel, Wyoming, Virginia and Kansas, Chris now lives with his partner Cathy and 25 companion animals on a six acre farm near Dolores, Colorado. Together they are restoring the land, formerly badly overgrazed by cattle. In addition, they operate a small animal shelter, rescuing and fostering animals from across the four corners area. All profits help this animal rescue effort.
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