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Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota


The Arrowsoul Experience

Fredrick Clarin


Exhibition April 7-May 30, 2013

The Dance by Fredrick ClarinFredrick Clarin, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is a contemporary artist whose work combines traditional themes with modern materials and techniques. Born and raised in Rapid City, SD, Mr. Clarin attended Stevens High School and studied at American River College and Sacramento City College, both in Sacramento, CA. He currently resides in Rescue, CA where he is employed as a cultural arts coordinator.

A self-taught artist, Mr. Clarin utilizes a style based in street art while incorporating his own techniques and themes. He learned the basis for his current techniques watching street artists work in Las Vegas, NV. Using a freestyle method, without preconceived notions of the final product, he layers paint onto a canvas. Working the paint with scrapers and paper he creates the final textures and images in his paintings. Mr. Clarin often works without stencils for a more organic approach to his work, but he occasionally incorporates them as a tribute to the street style that he admires. His artwork is a form of personal expression that allows him to interact with his environment and the media of the paintings

He has participated in several group shows, and his work is represented in both public and private collections including the Oscar Howe Art Gallery, Vermillion, SD, and in galleries in Hill City, SD. In 2011 Mr. Clarin received a First Choice Award from American River College for his artwork.

He describes his influences and work:

"Into the art of expression, and beyond the idea of verbal explanation, I am a Lakota man that sprays paint from a can. The painting is a fast and energetic form of expression that reminds me of a dance. The tempo begins slowly; as I set out my canvas and upright my spray paint cans. The tempo quickens as I randomly reach for color and the dance begins."

Prices for the artwork in the exhibition can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2201. To purchase artwork after the exhibit closes, please contact Fredrick Clarin by mail at 3039 Alexandrite Dr., Rescue, CA 95672; phone at (530) 676-1341; or email at kaabeya@sbcglodal.net.

The Sioux Indian Museum, managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, is located in The Journey Museum, 222 New York St., Rapid City, SD 57701.For admission fees and hours of operation call (605) 394-6923.

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions, 2012
Spray paint on canvas, 16" x 20"
2012 Fredrick Clarin
Walk
Walk, 2012
Spray paint on canvas, 48" x 48"
2012 Fredrick Clarin
Our Lady of the Buffalo
Our lady of the Buffalo, 2012
Spray paint on canvas 16" x 20"
2012 Fredrick Clarin
The powers within
The powers within, 2012
Spray paint on canvas 16" x 20"
2012 Fredrick Clarin

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