Gregg Deal - Paintings - Coming Soon!
Yotse is a Paiute word that means to rise or stand up. My work exists within the bounds of rising up, standing up and existing where it is often believed Indigenous people do not. This existence is so many things but manifests itself in my work through portraiture, references to popular culture with challenges of identity, understanding and the historical consideration of being one of the decedents of this Nation’s first people. In my own experience, this work is my own medicine. Medicine for me, medicine for others, but is something that is my life’s work, with Yotse as another chapter in an effort to wield my medicine.
Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) is a provocative contemporary artist and activist. Much of Deal’s work challenges Western perception of Indigenous people, touching on issues of race, history consideration and stereotype. With this work—paintings, mural work, performance art, filmmaking, and spoken word—Deal critically examines issues and tells stories that affect Indian country such as decolonization and appropriation.
Most recently, a photograph of Deal was included in the 12.2018 National Geographic Society Magazine article “Native Americans are recasting views of indigenous life” for his performance art, has been Native Arts Artist-in-Residence at the Denver Art Museum in 2015-2016, and 2017 and Artist in Residence at UC Berkeley for the 2017-2018 school year. His art has been exhibited nationally since 2002. Deal has lectured widely at prominent educational institutions and museums, including: TEDx, Denver Art Museum, Denver, C.O.; Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.; Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. His television appearances have included PBS’s The Art District, “The Daily Show”.