Meet Leah Yellowbird, American Indian artist.
We were even further blown away to learn that these are not beads at all, but dots of paint applied with a spotter brush.
Leah paints each piece with incredible detail.
Even though some of her work is not visible once the animal is assembled, the animal is reborn with heart and spirit.
In my culture we have a “circle of life,” it means to represent all colors of people being together as one. The colors are red, black, yellow, and white. And the tourquise stone is important to us as well. So I did this bear as the circle of life colors . . . He has the strength of all people in the spirit of the bear.
Leah Yellowbird poured hours into these designs, drawing inspiration from the beading work she did in her youth, applying traditional Indian ways to these North American animal heads, infusing them with profound significance and artistry.
Says Leah Yellowbird about her work,
I am an American Indian artist trying to understand the world and express myself through learning and practicing the traditional art forms of my Anishinabe people. My preferred medium has been beadwork for many years and I hadn’t painted for about 20 years. I recently decided to try expressing my beading tradition with paint & canvas. I hope that you find my efforts successful.
Each canvas is painted “as if I was beading it” with millions (OK, maybe only hundreds of thousands) of small dots of paint to make the finished piece.
My inspiration is given to me by my ancestors in the way of dreams. “When I wake up from one of these dreams I have seen the completed work and feel compelled to draw and paint the vision as it was given to me”.
My message or point of view is very simple. “Seek harmony.”
We are so very honored that Leah choose our products as a canvas.
These and other amazing works will be displayed in a show she will have in November,
A Magical Journey with Leah Yellowbird.
Please follow her on Facebook!
Visit her Website.
And if you are anywhere near Duluth, MN, do go and see her show on November 6 at Trepanier Hall at 212 W. 2nd Street.
It is sure to be a magical journey!
We wish Leah all the luck in the world with her work and look forward to seeing more photos!
To learn more about the Anishinabe people, please check out the following websites!
Thank you Leah Yellowbird for sharing your talent and traditions, and for making this world a more beautiful place!