Evans Flammond Sr
Evans Flammond Sr is Sicangu Lakota and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe who lives with his family on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Evans is self-taught and believes his journey as an artist began at age seven during a weekly trip to town with his mother. Like many kids, he fell asleep in the back seat but was awakened by the sound of a tap on the window by what he now knows to be a golden eagle. Evans recounts that the eagle swooped down and touched the window on which his head was leaning. He watched the eagle fly away until it became a faint dot. From that point on, the vision of that beautiful sacred eagle continues to inspire him and spark his imagination. His sister Lynette Foote would spend hours drawing with him when the weather was too bad to be outside. Evans’ vision of the Eagle, encouragement from his uncle Maynard Barker, a Santee Sioux mural painter, and the hours drawing with his sister all empowered him to believe he could bring his imagination to life. He began to absorb anything that had to do with art and as his creativity and talent grew, his techniques and ideas also evolved.
Evans now seeks to portray Lakota art as adaptable and innovative. His mentor and Uncle John Goes in Center, a master jeweler, became an inspiration in his later years and Evans will always remember his Uncle John saying “never be afraid of color.” Today he draws from the past but with a modern twist, using vibrant colors and detailed designs.
Although well known for his ledger art, Flammond is in reality a very versatile artist. His mediums include murals, hide painting, metal work, leather work, sculpture, weaponry replicas, and ceremonial pieces.
Today Evans’ art is highly collected and internationally recognized and can be seen in art galleries, museums and private collections all over the world.
Not everyone gets to do what they love for a living, but I’ve been blessed with being able to do just that. I feel I’ve always been different; I’m not a follower but a person making my own path and I think the current direction of my art reflects that. It expresses my style and I feel I stumbled upon a wonderful thing. At first I believed I should replicate old style ledger drawings, but I realized that as I am evolving every day, so should the art I create. Historic symbolism is still the most important element of every piece, but the contemporary feel is my imagination and vision conveyed onto it. ~Evans Flammond Sr
Art by Evans Flammond Sr
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