Magisterial in talent, as well as height, this artist is noted for paintings and sculpture, but especially for his sculptural fetish bears.
Mark grew up surrounded by the art of his father, acclaimed painter Patrick Swazo-Hinds.
While still in his teens, Mark began to develop his widely acclaimed artistic path, carving award-winning stone fetishes.
He tries to maintain historical customs, practices and rituals through his traditional stone carving methods.
When a piece is completed, the artist blesses it, in the traditional way of his Pueblo.
His artistic gift, and traditional knowledge, are combined with the intricate and ancient skill of creating medicine bundles, which convey the animal’s powers to the owner and the spirits.
Bears are the top of the animal food chain, and are honored by almost all tribes for their protective strength and hunting abilities.
This bear conveys the traditional, protective power of the animal in its imposing presence and solidity.
Following tradition, this bear’s form is suggested, rather than detailed. The result is abstract, even seemingly contemporary, although ancient in origin.
The elaborate medicine bundle is hand tied. (If you saw this 6′ 6″ artist, you’d be astonished at the skill of his large hands.)
Natural turkey feathers create a still-life, with real sea shells, turquoise, and a round slab of white marble, etched and painted with a natural earth pigment. A couple of dried plant stalks are also present.
This eruption of rounded and elongated forms contrasts strikingly, in texture, shapes and colors, with the plain, creamy limestone.
This monumental fetish sculpture is a triumph of talent, tradition, and artistic skill, by an internationally collected, prize-winning artist.
It will decorate, as well as protect your home, in a strikingly handsome way.