Secola Jr. who has recently graduated from IAIA - has already
made an impression in Indian Country. His work can be seen
in the "On Fertile Grounds" exhibit at the All My Relations
Gallery in Minneapolis. (photo courtesy of Keith Secola, Jr.)
Keith Secola Jr. who has recently graduated from IAIA - has
already made an impression in Indian Country. His work can be seen
in the "On Fertile Grounds" exhibit at the All My Relations Gallery
in Minneapolis and was featured at All My Relations Art at the Pow
Wow Grounds there.
He was juried into the AHA Progressive Arts Festival in Santa
Fe with a select few native artists which is kind of a big thing
for new artists. He"s already done the Heard Museum Market and all
the Santa Fe acronyms, IAIA, MoCNA, IFAM, SWAIA and pop art venues
like Studio Central Collab and Eggman & Walrus.
Horse" Spray paint on wood
And yes, he is the son of Anishinaabe singer/songwriter Keith
Secola, of NDN Cars and Wild Band of Indians fame. At first we all
wondered when we saw the name among recent IAIA graduates, until
it became obvious. Yes, this is a new generation in Santa Fe and
around Indian Country.
Keith Secola Jr. (Northern Ute/Bois Forte Chippewa) is 27 and
mainly grew up in the Southwest. He received a BFA in painting with
a focus on silkscreen printing from the Institute of American Indian
Arts in 2012. His father, a traveling musician was an early influence,
exposing him to contemporary Native art, markets and events at a
young age. Keith says his father took him to his first concert,
Nirvana, when he was 4 years old, since Keith Sr. was playing the
Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark! Keith currently works
and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where among other things, he
collaborates with Warehouse 21, a community youth center, to work
on his silk-screening.
Serigraph print on wood"
According to Keith Secola Jr: "My father and I have very close
and creative relationship. Although I do play music, my main focus
over the years has become fine artwork. He has helped push my creative
work. Some of the earliest inspirations have been traveling with
him and being surrounded by contemporary native artwork since I
was a kid. It has always been around in my life."
Spray paint on paper
"My artistic expression focuses on the historical and contemporary
aspects of Native American Life, we may live in these modern times
but we still have relations and these indigenous ties with animals
and the natural world. I also listen to native elders as they provide
stories and knowledge that I apply towards the content and meaning
in my work."
"As an undergrad at IAIA, I focused on printmaking and became
very visual with layering work. Starting with a drawing that acts
as the main figure within the piece, then creating a variety of
images or text to unify my idea. I may appropriate historical native
imagery through advertisements and other social outlets to assist
my visual goal. The mediums can range from large-scale serigraphs,
murals, painting, and drawings that blend together to create a cohesive
piece. I like to use rich and saturated colors in my art to represent
the natural world."
- Mixed Media on wood canvas
"The content I have been working with lately has to do with
indigenous animals sacred to Indian tribes, the struggle during
modern times and the annihilation of natural resources to Native
Americans in history."
"Growing up skateboarding I have been exposed to a variety of
graphic artwork and illustrations through the skateboard culture
and have embraced these qualities in my own artwork. My most recent
works are silkscreen prints on wood and paintings. All of my pieces
start from drawings. That is the base of my artwork, I established
a very graphic quality to my work through drawing and line. I use
other mediums that register well with my style, like silkscreen
printing and painting to push the piece. Printing allows me to replicate
my images. During my undergrad studies at IAIA I became intrigued
with the power of replicating an image."
few of Secola, Jr.'s deck designs
Secola has found this power in the print medium to create iconic
imagery that comes across in any size or scale. His work easily
fits in new generation contemporary venues like Juxtapoz magazine,
with pop art fetishes and graffiti flourishes. But Secola can force
you to fill in the blanks and the air that surrounds his main image
as he confronts you with a graphic idea that floats in the air but
is tied with invisible strings of power and light to ancient concepts
Crown" Serigraph print on wood
Keith Secola, Jr. does live and act and move and create, all
within this very real concept of a "Native American Life", from
rez to city to pow-wows to skateboards. Some Indian Artists call
it "Living the Dream", that we live what others only dream of. Keith
has stated, "I look up to all the great artists ahead of me, and
make art for the people, myself, and my loved ones." Keith has a
whole big wonderful life ahead of him and he"s just starting out
on whatever you want to call it, the Pow Wow Highway, the Good Red
Road, or the Good Medicine Trail.
Congratulations and good luck.