A quote from the artist. "In South Dakota, my idea of racial harmony is expressed with an easel and a smile..."
There is a story behind each of Richard Red Owl's paintings - stories that have been passed on from generation to generation on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota.
Red Owl loves to listen to the elders tell their stories of Indian maidens and ghost warriors, counting coupe and winter counts. With the stories he hears, images flood into his mind's eye and vibrant colors begin to transform into beautiful works of art and storytelling on canvas.
His specializes in:
- Handmade drums
- Cast paper sculptures
He has sold artwork throughout the world.
He uses elk hide for his drums because they produce a medium sound. The thickness of the animal hide dictates the sound of the drum. Buffalo hide, which is very thick, produces a deep sound and the thinness of horse hide will produce a high pitched sound.
Through studio visitors and his art show travels he says he has been able to answer many questions about the history of South Dakota and of the Lakota Nation.
Red Owl Gallery & Studio is located 3.5 miles east of Kyle, South Dakota and 6 miles north of BIA route 2.
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