American Indian Cowboy

Nocona Burgess (b. 1955) presents modern depictions of Indigenous men and women from the tribal Nations of the Southern Plains. His paintings mix careful research, firsthand knowledge and raw passion. By combining brightly colored shapes with crisply outlined facial features and traditional dress, Burgess explores the cultural context, life story and identity of each sitter. In this way, Burgess urges us to update our perceptions of Native people and consider the intriguing and often highly politicized place of Native American portraiture.