We had the great pleasure of touring the newest installation at the Heard Museum, Loloma. We were floored by the beauty, talent, and incredible attention to detail Charles Loloma put into every piece he touched. Credited as revolutionizing contemporary Native American art, Loloma's work will delight jewelry, art, and architectural enthusiasts alike.
"Although best known for his innovative jewelry designs that incorporate unusual stone and techniques, Hopi artist Charles Loloma (1921-1991) began his career as a painter and also was a ceramist. Loloma was a talented artist who was accomplished in all three media, but he excelled in jewelry design and fabrication."- The Heard Museum
The complexity and colors of Loloma's work changed through the decades to reflect changing styles and trends. One aspect of his jewelry that always remained was the importance of comfort. Loloma designed pieces not only to be beautiful, but to also be accessible.
Charles Loloma's role in Native American art was so significant in that he bridged the gap between the artists and the American population. He not only worked with trends in mind, but he was a progressive artist. Charles Loloma was one of the first (if not the first) American Indian artist to work in gold.
We were surprised to find Loloma's work to be beyond his time; his line drawing and architectural sketches reflect current, modern aesthetics.
"They claimed my work had no Indian identity. They didn't realize I was interpreting the depths of Indian vision." - Charles Loloma, 1978
Loloma, Expressions in Metal, Ink and Clay exhibited at the Heard Museum through October 4, 2015.
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