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jef­frey gib­son

“My life has been very global,” says painter and sculp­tor Jef­frey Gib­son, “but my Na­tive Amer­i­can her­itage has al­ways been present in my work.” Dur­ing his child­hood, Gib­son moved fre­quently for his fa­ther’s ca­reer, and his art can be seen as an at­tempt to bal­ance a sense of up­root­ed­ness with a long­ing for home. “There are ref­er­ences from all over the world in my pieces,” says Gib­son. “They’re all part of my ex­pe­ri­ence and my aes­thetic.” But his cul­tural legacy is also un­mis­tak­able—rawhide-cov­ered iron­ing boards, hand-beaded punch­ing bags, and even a totem pole made of cow­boy boots be­speak his par­ents’ Choctaw and Chero­kee back­grounds. Gib­son is that rare artist who com­bines na­tive pride with a cos­mopoli­tan sen­si­bil­ity.

Gib­son’s cre­ative in­spi­ra­tions in­clude such per­form­ers as Nina Si­mone, Leigh Bow­ery, and Prince.

We’ve got our eyes on th­ese up-and-com­ing cre­atives.

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