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Earl Biss

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Born in Renton, Washington, on September 29, 1947 Earl Biss was given his child name of Meadow Lark Boy and later as a man named Spotted Horse, as with the tradition of his people, the Chippewa. He spent his childhood in the Northwest.

He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, under the guidance of Fritz Scholder from 1965-1966. He later completed his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute in California from 1966-1972.

Biss then traveled to Europe for a year of independent studies. He maintained a studio in the Netherlands countryside, using his spare time to learn from the works of the Old Dutch Masters. He then traveled down through France to settle for six months on the Isle of Corfu in Greece. He attributes most of his work’s influences to Turner, Monet, Whistler, Munch and Kokoschka. Biss discovered his own style, incorporating old styles with modern styles. He combined America’s Abstract Expressionism and Europe’s Old Age Masters to create an expression of his cultural heritage. His subject matter is drawn from the landscape and rich spiritual background of his people.

He died in the American Southwest in 1998.

Selected Exhibitions:

1992 Creativity Is Our Tradition, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1991 One With the Earth, organized by the Institute of American Indian Arts and Alaska Culture and Arts Development, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1989 Paint, Bronze and Stone, Mitchell Indian Museum, Kendall College, Evanston, Illinois

1987 San Jose State College, San Jose, California

1984 - 1985 Indianascher Kunstler (traveling, Germany), organized by the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1983 Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

1982 Buscaglia-Castelani Art Gallery, Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York

1981 Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming

1979 The Real People, International Native American Council of Arts, Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba

1978 Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1975 - 1977 Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1975 Sun Spirits Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1973 Amon Carter Institute of American Indian Arts, Fort Worth, TX

1972 Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, Montana

1971 San Jose Museum of Fine Art, San Jose, California

1970 World's Fair, Osaka, Japan

1968 American Indian Historical Society, San Francisco

1968 Spring Show, San Francisco Art Institute

1967 Center for the Arts of Indian America, Washington, D.C.

1967 Alaskan Centennial, Anchorage, Alaska

1966 Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

1966 Berlin Festival, West Berlin, Germany

1965 New Mexico Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, Washington, DC.



van Dyk Gallery is offering 3 oils by this Artist.
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Earl Biss
"Wind across the water"

Earl Biss
"The Long way to
Squaw Valley"
Serigraph X/XI
30 1/2" x 22 1/2

van Dyk Gallery owns 3 oils by this artist -
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