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, 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. Other mediums include painting, murals, and photography-based projects.
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 with a focus in printmaking and photography 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 being Amskapi Piikani (Blackfeet) of Montana. Born and raised near the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains of Northwest Montana, I often reflect on Blackfoot history and cultural narratives when beginning new projects and how we view and interpret the world around us in such simple and bold geometric forms. My work is a continuation of Blackfoot aesthetics and narratives, which includes the land, sky, memories, the now, and the future.
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. I primarily work with serigraphs, and will often begin with a full-bleed, printing the entire paper one color, and then rendering each color on top of one another. My interests vary from simplicity, order, and repetition. As an artist, I enjoy being in the process of researching, sketching, and creating. I am currently working on fine art works on paper and large scale paintings.
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