July 11-August 22, 2010
Brian Szabo >was raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation by his parents Paul and Ann Szabo. He grew up watching and working alongside his father, an accomplished silversmith. In high school, Brian began to learn the art of silverwork as well as different techniques and uses of natural and traditional elements. His father and step-mother, Linda Szabo, helped to guide his art and design work.
In 2004, Brian began to pursue his own career in art by entering the Northern Plains Indian Art Market. His debut resulted in first place in the jewelry and decorative metalwork category of the contest. He has returned to the Northern Plains Indian Arts Market every year since and collected many more awards in metalwork and mixed media.
Brian's work is inspired by his Native American heritage and upbringing. His artistic style incorporates a contemporary twist on traditional designs and materials. Buffalo, elk, deer, antelope bone, horn, and antler are traditional materials that have been utilized for centuries in Native American artistic traditions. Brian uses these elements and combines them with silver and stone in order to create pieces steeped in tradition but fit for a modern world.
TBrian and his family of five currently live in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he balances his career as an artist with his full-time job of being a stay-at-home father to his two young sons and daughter. This combination of tradition, creativity, and raising a family has been both eye-opening and very fulfilling for Brian. He looks forward to his continued growth as an artist and the journey that his children will take him on as they grow.
Prices of work for sale can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2202. After the exhibition closes, please contact Brian Szabo by mail at 1233 19th Street S,
La Crosse, Wisconsin, by phone at 608-399-4477, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sioux Indian Museum, managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, is located at The Journey Museum, 222 New York Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701. For admission fees and hours of operation call (605) 394-6923.
Buffalo horn, silver beads,
©2008 Brian Szabo
©2008 Brian Szabor.
Carnelain Chevron Bracelet
Buffalo Horn, carnelian,
©2007 Brian Szabo|
Buffalo Horn, turquiose, silver
©2007 Brian Szabo
fossilized ivory, silver
©2007 Brian Szabo
Circular Feather Bracelet
Silver, pipestone, buffalo bone
©2009 Brian Szablo