Photograph by Samantha Tracy
Terran Last Gun (b. 1989) is a contemporary visual artist working in printmaking, photography, and painting. Last Gun (Sahkyiinamahka) is an Amskapi Piikani (Blackfeet) citizen of Montana, who are a part of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksikaitsitapi). He is best known for his bold geometric works on paper, which often explore the interaction between color, form, and memory, all while reflecting Blackfoot visual aesthetics and philosophy.
Last Gun primarily works with printmaking and the technique of serigraphy, to produce fine art limited edition prints. He has begun to take his imagery and creative process into alternate mediums such as painting and photography-based projects to further imagine new views and continually tell Indigenous narratives through visual language.
Born in Browning, Montana, Last Gun received his AS from Blackfeet Community College in 2011, and his BFA in Museum Studies and AFA in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2016. He is a recipient of the Santa Fe Art Institute, 2018 Story Maps Fellowship, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 2016 Goodman Aspiring Artist Fellowship.
He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
My artwork can be seen as visual records of a layered experience of being Amskapi Piikani (Blackfeet) of Montana. I use a range of materials and approaches to making art. Whether it’s printmaking, photography or painting, I continue to explore color, form, composition, and memory when creating visual narratives. Growing up near the Backbone of the World (Rocky Mountains) front of Montana, to now residing near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, I am continually inspired by these landscapes.
I often reflect on Blackfoot history when beginning a new project and how this ancient people viewed and interpreted the world around them in such simple and bold geometric forms. My interests vary from simplicity, order, and repetition within my work. As an artist, I enjoy being in the process of researching, sketching, and being able to enter a new state of thinking. It’s usually here where new ideas and interest arise, fueling and leading into the next project. I am currently working with serigraph fine art editions, along with diptych paintings, all while contemplating Pre-American landscapes and Blackfoot narratives.
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