Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 19: Mark Swazo-Hinds and Byron McCurtain

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 19: Mark Swazo-Hinds and Byron McCurtain!!

Mark and Byron will be in our gallery on Saturday, September 7th from 12 pm until 4 pm.

Mark Swazo-Hinds is the son of famed Tesuque Pueblo painter Patrick Swazo-Hinds. He was born in Berkley, California, moved to Santa Fe in 1968 and moved to the Tesuque Pueblo in 1972.  After studying art at Haskell Indian Junior College and then the University of Kansas, Mark graduated from the Institute of American Art in 1981. He studied under Allen Houser at the IAIA during his college years. He is a noted fetish carver but also has branched out to painting. Mark’s work can be seen on permanent display at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

Mark Swazo-Hinds specializes in using traditional skills to make his pieces for a contemporary audience. His Fetishes speak of his heritage and are collected throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia.  He is deeply involved with the tradition of his craft. Each piece is blessed in traditional Pueblo style and the collector will carry these spiritual blessings with them forever.

Mark has over 35 years of experience in the arts, and we love having his work at Wright’s!

Byron McCurtain was introduced to the jewelry and lapidary arts in 1978 while employed in Dallas, TX. within a native arts program under Elmer Milford (Red Streak Water), who himself was taught by the great Charles Loloma. Milford presented Byron with a foundation to stand upon and gaze out at the galaxy of jewelry and stonework (lapidary), primarily the jewelry artworks of Mr. Loloma. Upon this foundation he told Byron “…anyone can acquire metal and stone, they can cut it, pound it, shape it, but it takes someone to put it together.”

Byron attended IAIA and graduated with degrees in Three Dimensional/Jewelry and Two Dimensional/Photography. This combination allows him to not only fabricate stunning pieces of jewelry, but to organize, layout, and develop a distinct vision for his work.

In Byron’s own words:

“Design, form, function, symbology, mythology, architectural, symmetrical, asymmetrical, balance, intent, representative, contrived, imagined.  My native inspiration, along with the local and world inspiration is vast.  From pictographs, painted buffalo hides, Inca stone and jewelry works along with the many Mesoamerican peoples, to the far shores of Egypt, Russia, Italy, England, Asia and their respective peoples works in not just jewelry, but stone buildings, tapestries, sculptures and manuscripts.  I have a great love of the respective arts of this world that I have come from and placed amongst.”

We are excited to have these top-notch artists and good friends for an amazing event at the gallery!