George Longfish *1942
Seneca/Tuscarora artist George Longfish was born in Oshweken, Oklahoma, in 1942, and currently lives in South Berwick, Maine. He was trained as an artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Longfish’s early paintings were strongly influenced by abstract expressionism. In 1972 he established the graduate studies program in American Indian Arts at the University of Montana and became head of that program. From 1973 to 2003 he was a professor at the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California in Davis. From 1974 to 1996 he was also director of the Carl N. Gorman Museum. He works with oil colors, acrylics, pencils, ink, and typographic media. Many of his paintings feature humorous and tongue-in-cheek allusions to issues of Native American identity.
The images I create are meant to question the stereotypical romantic image of Native People so often portrayed in past as well as current media. (George Longfish)