Ishkoten Dougi studied fine arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. He’s shown with all the iconic native artists from Tony Abeyta to Fritz Scholder and some of the world’s greats like Matisse and Picasso. Dougi has shown in over a dozen galleries and group shows in the U.S.
Dougi is Jicarilla Apache and Navajo. From Northern Arizona and Northern New Mexico Dougi was brought up with art as a way to put food on the table. Following his role models, Dougi has been able to achieve a rank as one of the most modern native artist alive to date by working within his color theory using color as a “weapon.”
Working also in alabaster stone from Utah’s Al Pine Gems Quarry in Parowon, Utah, Dougi forms faces out of the natural varieties of hues present in the alabaster and transforms stone where he hand chooses each stone that he’ll carve for Indian markets throughout the country and for museums that showcase his work. The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona is the longest proprietors of Dougi’s one-of-a-kind stone animal carvings also known as, fetishes, in the art collector’s circle. He has been represented there for over 20 years…keeping a legacy of the Dougi name alive. Ishkoten Dougi is the son of late Tomas Dougi Jr. a multi-talented artist and keeps his fathers’ past in the Native American art market alive through his own legacy.
Ishkoten Dougi does art for the future of native art and for a foot hole in history for his bloodline of Jicarilla Apache and Navajo to reach beyond the future of today’s understanding of the American Indian.
“I would like the future to have my art to make me happy and feel safe.”
His studio is among the high desert of New Mexico where he wonders where his next creation will go with his dreamy art and texture of time. His art will appease the best collection of any Southwest or Native American art collector among the modern taste …be sure to make it to Ishkoten Dougi’s next art show to see what is fresh and new in native art. Among his paintings and stone carvings, he likes to include works on paper from the studio. He also has a new Giclee series at the Museum of Modern Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, nm. It’s a must see
Link to Ishkoten Art