Current & Upcoming Artists

 Merryn Apma

Merryn Apma is a highly influential Aboriginal artist who resides in Tilba NSW. Merryn opened an Aboriginal Art Gallery in August 2015 where she showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from all over Australia. A big heart within a tight knit community, Merryn has been a powerful leader for Aboriginal issues since the famous Long Walk led by former AFL footballer Michael Long from Melbourne to Canberra in 2004.

Merry will be working on site till the end of March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brent Learned

Brent is Strathnairn Arts current Artist in Residence, living and creating onsite until March 10th 2017

 

 

 

Brent Learned is an award winning and collected Native American artist who was born and reared in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. Brent graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts.

 

Brent is a Native American artist from Oklahoma who draws, paints, and sculpts the Native American Indian in a contemporary impressionistic style. The paintings included in his exhibition, titled Life Before Statehood, depict striking figures of the American Plains Indian with Learned‘s recognizable use of bold, vibrant colors.

 

 

 

As an enrolled member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Learned appreciates the heritage and culture of the American Plains Indian. “I create artwork to capture the essence, accuracy and historic authenticity of the American Plains Indian way of life,” says the artist.

Learned is an award winning and collected artist who was born and reared in Oklahoma City. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s degree. Learned‘s work resides in museums such as the Smithsonian Institute-National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the Cheyenne/Arapaho Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and the University of Kansas Art Museum in Lawrence, Kansas. He has work in private collections such as the Governor’s Mansion in Oklahoma City, the Haskell Indian University in Lawrence, Kansas, and the Kerr Foundation Private Collection in Oklahoma City. Learned also has the honor of having one of his paintings displayed in the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Learned has a passion for being active in the community. He was one of the curators of the Winter Camp exhibit at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The Winter Camp exhibit was geared toward giving new artists in the community an opportunity to show their work and was the first all Native American show to feature contemporary Oklahoma Native American art. Learned has also worked with glass artist Dale Chihuly’s team on the Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Tower (Chihuly’s tallest installation to date) that resides in the Oklahoma City Art Museum.

 Article sourced from  http://digitalprairie.ok.gov/cdm/ref/collection/stgovpub/id/132070

Brent Learned East Gallery – December 12, 2011 – February 12, 2012