“My art is a reflection of my passions and it is my hope that it stimulates the diverse senses of the viewer”~ Eric Tippeconnic
Comanche artist Eric Tippeconnic is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation on his father’s side and his mother hails from Copenhagen, Denmark. Eric’s interest in painting and art was heavily influenced while growing up on numerous reservations and Indigenous communities as well as from travelling to Denmark each summer to visit his mother’s side. Eric’s cultural diversity and love of history and art from an early age helped develop his interest and passion for creating art from the moment he could hold a pencil. Using bright, rich and vibrant color combinations, Eric utilizes his artwork to capture movement that serves as a metaphor for the viewer which boldly states that Indigenous American cultures while intimately connected to their history are in fact contemporary, alive, and constantly evolving.
In 2015 Eric had one of his original acrylic on canvas paintings selected by the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City as the featured piece for the 2015 Red Earth Festival outdoor advertising campaign, as well as the official poster and t-shirt for the event. Eric’s 5’ x 4’ “Original War Admiral” acrylic on canvas piece features a Numunu warrior charging boldly forward which for him captures the essence of his perception of the Comanche Nation, firmly grounded in its tradition while constantly evolving and developing and facing the future as a modern people.
In August 2015 the Jacobson House Native Art Center in Norman, Oklahoma hosted its 2015 Pony Moon Gala silent auction where Eric’s original piece “Red Medicine Hat Paint Pony” was auctioned off during the event. This piece was also used for their 2015 Pony Moon Gala advertising campaign.
Eric’s art has been on display in the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington, The Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska and at the Chico Art Center in Chico, California. In May 2016 Eric was invited to attend the Native Treasures Art Show in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in June 2016 Eric’s work was on display at the Southern Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He has also been selected to show his art at the Santa Fe Indian Market, American Indian Arts Market Place at the Autry in Los Angeles, California and the Indian Wells Art Market in Palm Springs, California.
Eric completed his PhD in History at the University of New Mexico. He is the first Comanche to receive a PhD in History. Eric resides in southern California where he teaches at California State University Fullerton.
Are you interested in purchasing Eric Tippeconnic’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.