Benjamin Harjo,Jr.

  • Absentee-Shawnee
  • Seminole Nation
  • Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography

My artistic practice is motivated by the driving desire from within to revive and preserve legends and stories of Native people. My work is intended to educate the viewer, explain the visual image and to transcribe an oral history into a visual document. The images, produced through the mediums of painting, printmaking and drawing, are influenced by legends, visual observations, and my own life experiences. Through color, repeated patterns, embedded cultural symbolism, and nonobjective shapes, I can distill the oral histories and worldviews of my Shawnee and Seminole tribes, and those of related American Indian peoples, into a new visual language.

Sample of Work

"prairie thunder"

"prairie thunder"

14" x 18"

Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography

"devil dog"

"devil dog"

73/4" x 91/4"

Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography

"the tortoise and the hare"

"the tortoise and the hare"

20" x 28"

Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography