We introduce to you our first featured artist, Paladine H. Roye, Ponca Artist. His art amazes every eye it catches, and his work will sustain his legacy as a genuine contributor to the good of his people and the art world alike.
The following is an excerpt from Paladine’s bio, written…well, a long time ago.
“America’s Indian heritage has long been a rich resource for artists from all backgrounds. The powerful cultural traditions, striking visual imagery and colorful ceremonies have spurred the imaginations and inspired the creativity of generations of photographers, illustrators, painters, and sculptors working in America. For Paladine Roye, artist of Native American ancestry, this resource is even more personal and intense, as he draws from the stories of this grandfather and from his personal experience of contemporary American Indian life.
Roy draws from all these sources because, for him, creativity is not an end in itself, but rather a process for personal and artistic growth. The lifeways, dances, and material culture of the Plains tribes are a starting point for his imagination. But more important for his artistry – and for the many collectors of his work – Roye is constantly experimenting and expanding his limits. For more than ten years, Roye has focused in the now-traditional Plains watercolor style while trying his hand with oils, sculpture and printmaking.
“I don’t want to be labeled. If a person walks into a room and sees one of my paintings, I don’t want them to say, ‘There’s a Paladine Roye.’ I want them to take a second to look and ask, ‘Who’s painting is that?’ “
Even though he is always exploring new artistic frontiers, Roye has attracted a committed following across the country and his paintings can be found in several major galleries throughout the U.S. In 1986 he was honored with the Best in Show award at the Colorado Indian Market. His paintings exhibit a strongly personal, emotional energy that strikes a chord in viewers. This, he says, is more important than merely documenting details of costume – creating a painting that is a sort of historical document.
“Accuracy is important to me, but more important is to capture an emotion; a feeling about some setting or some event. I often do paintings of a Plains tribe that might have evolved from the trading among the tribes. They exchanged everything - beadwork, ceremonies, dances…their whole way of life.”
Roye has certainly been successful in conveying an emotionally charged image of Native American life to a spectrum of art enthusiasts. Many of his paintings could be set in the Ponca tribal homeland around White Eagle, Oklahoma, where he grew up in the ’50s and ’60s. As you look at each of his paintings, you can sense something of his experience and the artistic tradition of the Native American people.”
This gives you a glimpse of how Paladine was seen in his time. At this time, all of the work you see on this site was created by Paladine. Whether you are an old fan, or just became a new one after seeing this site, please contact us if you are interested in learning more about how we can help you enjoy the artistic beauty of Paladine H. Roye.