“I want to move people;
have a voice in the world.
If you move people you are
doing your job as an artist.”
Part of the ‘One Robe’ celebration of Metis and Indigenous culture, Sept 29-30
Blackfeet artist Louis Still Smoking was born and raised in Browning, on the Blackfeet Reservation, where his youth in a small community allowed him to focus on his ability to use a pencil and a paintbrush.
He graduated from Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, South Dakota, in 1998. Louis worked as a stone sculptor for 11 years and then decided to go back to college and further his studies in art. His artwork is influenced by the Impressionists, Lucian Freud, and by his research on the history of the AIM movement.
Louis’s work is always evolving and growing, “I try to convey a message that is relevant to all native peoples, whether that be social or political. My work expresses my own personal beliefs and struggles as a modern Native American.”
More of Louis’ work can be found on Instagram @Louis.StillSmoking.Art
Sponsored by: Drumlummon Institute, Sage & Oats Gallery, and Montana Arts Council
With many thanks to exhibit curator Amy Brakeman Livezey