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Untitled
Oil on Canvas- 11" x 9"

Indian Summer Journey

Indian Summer Journey
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Mother Cubs

Mother & Cubs
Oil on Canvas 10" x 10"

Alpha Male & Female

Medicine Lodge
Oil on Canvas - 11" x 14"

Warrior

Warriors with Honors
Mixed Media - 14" x 30"

Riding Wind

Riding with the Wind
Mixed Media - 18 x 12

Moonlit Path
Moonlit Path
Mixed Media 20 x 12
Medicine Lodge

Medicine Lodge
Mixed Media - 22" x 33"

Fancy Shawl Dancer

Fancy Shawl Dancer
Oil on canvas - 40" x 30 "

Raymond Nordwall Monotype

Painted Lodges during a Crimson Sky Mixed Media - 33" x 28"

Aspen Journey
Mixed Media - 27" x 18"

Family Camp
Mixed Media - 15" x 21"

Raymond Nordwall


Raymond Nordwall creating one of his colorful monotypes.

People who call him "Ray" really don't know Raymond Nordwall. Pronounced "vall" in Swedish. His grandfather, on his fathers side came over from Sweden. Son of Al Nordwall an Oklahoma ceremonial pipe maker and great-grandson of Roam Chief, a renowned turn-of-the-century Pawnee Religious leader. Raised in a traditional way, he went to Pawnee ceremonies and dances and by the time he was five, he began to dance

He grew up in Oklahoma where he became linked to the culture. Raymond started dancing at powwows as a child. Mom (Pawnee/Cherokee) like to dance.She took 1 brother and 2 sisters. (His mother now 65, Raymond now 34, his brother 42 & sisters 47 and 49) Because of his age he felt as if he were raised an only child.

Raymond's father worked for the BIA. The family lived and worked in Minneapolis,Minnesota, Washington DC, (Graduated High School after one year in Alexandria,Virginia) Following HS graduation returned to Oklahoma lived with the Tiger family in Muskogee. Learned to paint from Johnny Tiger Jr. and his brother Jerome Tiger. Jerome was the better known painter who was tragically killed in an accident in 1967.

While in Junior High School, Raymond and friends participated in art shows in Texas and Oklahoma. At a young age he was selling his paintings at museum shows and determined that he could make a living as an artist.

Even as a youngster Raymond drew and colored. When Johnny Tiger gave him his first watercolor set, he began painting in the true Oklahoma style. While attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, his university professors openly disapproved of his traditional style and a encouraged him to transfer to Bacone College in Muskogee where Indian styles were more readily accepted.

Raymond is grateful to have studied under the direction of Dick West,an instructor at Bacone, who influenced an entire generation of Indian Art Students. Dick stressed research by students for historical accuracy in art. Raymond spent two years ('85-'86) there and graduated with a degree in two dimensional art. He also attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe earning an associates Degree in fine Arts, with honors in1987.

Raymond has independently studied Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Monet museum paintings in the U.S. and Europe. He has learned that Japanese wood blocks influenced French impressionists and post impressionists. These painters have influenced his favorite Native painters and all have influenced his subject matter,composition, brush strokes, and style.

Raymond was accepted to the Chicago Art Institute but elected to continue working for and studying under the tutelage of Frank Howell. Classmates Diego Romero and Tony Abeyta went on to continue their art education.

Raymond first entered Indian Market in 1987 and has had a booth every year since. That first year he entered his first monoprint and won first place in graphics. His work placed for awards in every year except '99. This year a selection of his work for the Market Poster in 2000.

Raymond submitted slides in February to a committee for selection of Indian Market poster art for the August 2000 market. The final selection of Raymond as poster artist was made in May. Raymond hopes being poster artist will add to his name recognition and will affect his career in a positive way.

If he could change any one thing it would be to have a larger studio. With projects underway in may different media, oil, water color, etchings,calligraphy, monotypes, and sculpture Raymond says more space would allow him to work larger canvases. Currently he is limited to 4' x 5' paintings.

Because of the oil paint fumes, Raymond is working smaller oil canvases and toward larger acrylics. When Raymond paints his peak creativity is early evening when he will start pictures or focus on detail. Paintings are completed in a three stages. Blocking in, tightening up figures and landscape, finished by highlighting and final detail.

Raymond likes to mix and blend colors. Color Balance is considered in all paintings. Currently his favorite colors are Cerulean Blue, Crimson,& Indian Yellow. He prefers Da Vinci Sable soft bristle brushes and uses a disposable palate for ease of clean up. He does not feel guilty about using expensive brushes but has learned in workshops to better clean and extend the life of a brush. Hand muscles are kept loose by way of exercise and stretching while watching TV.

On a typical day Raymond is up by 7:30 and painting by 10. Breaks for lunch and dinner end the evening by 10 P. M. to watch the Simpsons. Saturday she enjoys watching cartoons while coloring. Daily painting sparks a creative energy to do different variations of animals, people, plants, and landscapes. Schedules two monotype sessions a month. Starting at 9:30 a.m. and working until 6, quick lunch. Monotype days are creatively exhaustive and physically draining.

Painting helps Raymond to deal with life. Native subject matter brings Raymond close to his mother Eva Nordwall (nee Fields). He incorporates Hummingbirds and eagles in memory of his son. He paints warriors not in the sense of tension but in the sense of watchful spirits who serve as protectors and family providers.

In 1994 a series of his pictures were subjects of a Landmark Calendar.Many of his paintings have been purchased by SOAR records for the covers of at least 15 CD's. He donates many paintings to native organizations for use on posters and T-shirts. He has a billboard coming out for Native American Sobriety. Has T-shirt designs in distribution with Warrior Apparel a Native owned business. Transparencies are made of better paintings. He does not"own" any of his own work. Gina has maybe 10 of his pictures that should not be over painted.

Married young, Raymond has a daughter 13. He is recently married to Gina.With Gina's influence, Raymond says his colors have softened and brightened. Subject matter has gone from dark and confrontational to Warriors going home to peaceful camps. If not painting or working every day he feels as though he is wasting his purpose for being on this earth.

Monotypes

Monotypes are pulled impressions on paper. they are created through applications of ink pigments which are rolled, brushed, daubed or otherwise manipulated onto a plexiglas or metal plate. the impressions are then pulled with the use of a press from the plate of metal or plexiglas onto paper. Each pulled impression may be considered a finished work or enhanced by application of additional drawing or color.

Many tools are employed to apply ink, such as brushes, brayers, stencils, rags, sticks and even fingers. It is a spontaneous medium that challenges even the most creative artist. Art Trends Magazine reports, "The past 15 years have been the most prolific period of monotype production and experimentation in art history. {It} has been pushed to the forefront of artistic media and widely collected."

Raymond Nordwall's monotypes are extraordinary. He is able to create both realistic and abstract images in this difficult medium.

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