“Art is in our humanity. It demonstrates our most fragile and bold moments. As a child, I grew up split between modernism and traditionalism. As I study more about the history of my people and try to learn the language, the rights of passage, the values of the Crow, I find my art transforming into a vessel, a passage through which information travels. My people, my ancestors have become my biggest role models and monitors. INSPIRAITON. With my present and future work I hope to ignite the flame that is art for others. I wish to inspire and connect to the humanity that is art and to contribute to Native contemporary art.” ~ Del Curfman
Emerging Artist Del Curfman is an enrolled member of the Crow Nation of Montana. He is currently enrolled and obtaining his BFA in Studio Arts with a focus on painting at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Curfman’s culture has been a constant influence in his life and work. His work represents techniques and styles of Impressionism. With loose brushwork and semi-abstraction he captures the essence of nature. The “Vanishing” series utilizes time, space, and movement in connection to his Crow heritage, which is symbolized by three golden circles. “With each new work fulfilled it is my desire that the viewer can see the development, the growth, the exploration of shape, form, line, and composition, and a piece of what has been my journey.
My objective: to showcase my heritage and the living history of my people, the Apsaalooké, through my artwork. Art is a perspective and is all-inclusive because art is our humanity. It is in our very essence as human beings to be artistic, to imagine, and to produce creativity. It is information; it is a visual communication between artist and audience. I find art in nature as the wind blows a leaf in a fluid creative line. The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the place where my exploration of the visual arts began and has been a corridor to new ideas and perceptions. It is the viewer who decides the value of what they see. It is an individual decision. It is those who choose not to see that define art.”
Are you interested in purchasing Del Curfman’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.
Del Curfman is our featured artist for March, 2016. You can read more about Del here: Del Curfman Featured Artist