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Darryl Growing Thunder

From the Fort Peck Assiniboine/Sioux reservation in Montana, this painter has grown up “surrounded by art”, he says. His mother is outstanding bead artist Joyce Growing Thunder; his father, Jim Fogarty, painted Western and American Indian subjects.
Darryl has chosen to continue the legacy of “ledger art”. This tradition of painting on odd pages from account books and official forms replaced that of painting on buffalo hides after the herds were decimated. The paintings commemorated battlefield feats, ceremonies, or notable events of everyday life. Originally, besides being creative outlets, these paintings acted as reminders of special events, for storytelling. For the larger culture, whether on hide or paper, they comprised an important historical record of Native life.

The artist says he chooses to work in this style “to pay tribute to my ancestors who adapted, and created works of art during a period…of turmoil and injustice. It is through art that we…can maintain our identity and pass this identity down to generations to come.”

Darryl has been awarded many honors, including a most prestigious one: the J. Seth Standards Award, at Santa Fe Indian Market. This special award honors an artist whose work exemplifies all the high standards by which his/her art medium is judged. It is the equivalent of a “Best in Kind”, “Summa cum Laude” or “A+” recognition.