EARTH/PARADIGM is Patrick Dean Hubbell’s second major solo-exhibition at Peters Projects, Santa Fe. The exhibition will open with all new works, and will include a film about the artist’s life and creative process. The artist was recently awarded a prestigious grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Peters Projects will host a special gallery reception on Friday, August 18, 5-7pm, during the SWAIA Indian Market week in Santa Fe, NM.
Hubbell’s paintings are inspired by landscapes, an appreciation of his steeped family history of weaving in the Ganado area, and the foundation of abstraction in art history and its relation to modernists and Indigenous art. Hubbell titles his work with references to locations on the Navajo Nation where he gathers earth to incorporate as pigments in the paintings. His titles and concepts also reference a matrilineal respect to Mother Nature, as the Diné people see her.
“I am Diné (Navajo), and from Navajo, New Mexico, located near the Northeast region of the Arizona/New Mexico border of the Navajo Nation. After I received my Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing at the Arizona State University, I moved back to my family tribal land near Window Rock, Arizona. I find inspiration in everything surrounding landscape and various themes rooted in the correlation in his Native American traditions and contemporary lifestyle.”
EARTH/PARADIGM includes paintings consisting of natural earth pigments combined with oil bases on canvas. His paintings resemble the traditional process of sand painters, in the sense that the artist primarily works on the floor. Sand is revered as symbolic to Earth’s rawest form. Hubbell paints with full respect of this tradition and creates a trajectory of it in a contemporary art context.
Peters Projects has exclusively represented Patrick Dean Hubbell since 2016. His work has been shown in institutions such as Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, The Autry Museum of the West, Los Angeles, CA, and Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY. Hubbell’s work has regularly been on view during the SWAIA Indian Market at various venues in Santa Fe since 2012. His work is in various public and private collections. In 2010, he received his BFA from Arizona State University. The artist currently lives and works in Window Rock, AZ.