Ishkoten Dougi studied fine arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe; he’s shown with iconic native artists from Tony Abeyta to Fritz Scholder.
He is Jicarilla Apache and Navajo, a celebrated painter, sculptor, and Artist, with a capital A.
This abstract piece is painted on an old LP record (remember vinyl?), featuring the Bill Gaither Trio.
The title is borrowed from this album, put out in 1977.
The act of painting on a record of some value is twofold, both doing something in defiance of colonialism, and also subscribing to the thought that one day, these kinds of materials might be all that’s left to paint on, and if you must express your feelings that way then you may see more value in using a record or something else of monetary value as a venue for your expression than for its intended use or collectability.
Included in the painting are large stars and orbs floating throughout a muted background and the main subject, a multi-colored buffalo skull that fills up the entire middle of the record.
This piece is different than much of the artist’s usual iconic style but is still quite recognizable as his work.
Totally unique, this is a one-of-a-kind expression that will stand out in any collection!