Piece description from the artist
The movement, the color, the drum all combine in Powwow dance competitions and exhibitions. Traditional regalia is blended with modern materials to form the contemporary Native American celebrations of family, tribe, nation and friends. This painting attempts to capture and express my American Indian heritage and honor the ancestors through my artistic gift.
A product of Brooklyn, New York and a member of the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb, Louisiana, the painter Louis Ebarb draws on his complex mix of cultures to create his images .
Working as an Abstract Expressionist in the 1960s, Ebarb studied painting at Pratt Institute where his style reflected the emerging Minimalist Movement. In 1988, he incorporated his training in abstract art with the concepts of the American Realists of the early twentieth century and began to document his experiences and time through his unique rendition of Urban Realism. While the earlier American realists encountered their images as newspaper artists, Mr. Ebarb established his style through the lens of his still and video cameras.
Beyond painting, Mr. Ebarb has worked on many creative endeavors. He has worked as a theater craftsman, animator, illustrator, graphic designer, production designer, art instructor, video producer, and video director.
Louis Ebarb's work has changed based on his constant shifts in interests, needs, obsessions, and circumstances. Many of his paintings can be seen on the website: www.LouisEbarb.com
The "Street Dance" series features street scenes and architecture, both simple and elegant. Street Dance is an homage to the nobility of work, survival, and pleasures of contemporary urban life by elevating the commonplace to fine art.
"Travels With Louie," Ebarb's current series, is intended to be a travelogue that shares the joy and wonder of exotic and familiar places experienced through a nomadic lifestyle. The visual variety and beauty of full time travel continues to inspire.
Future plans include seeing more of the world and translating that expanded visual experience into watercolor paintings.
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