Classic & Contemporary American Indian Art
CELEBRATING 22 YEARS OF THE FINEST AMERICAN INDIAN ART AND JEWELRY
Faust Gallery is one of the leading galleries today that focuses on the highest quality American Indian Art and Jewelry. Beginning in the 1960’s a handful of jewelers transformed what is known as “traditional jewelry” to their finest works of contemporary “wearable art” adored by collectors worldwide. Faust Gallery is excited to share with you 35 year in experience and celebrating 21 years in business!
“Considering the spectacular new direction in jewelry created by American Indian artists, I remember how Lovena described them as the American equivalent of Faberge. I also recall a quote by Pual Smith of New York’s American Craft Museum who said ” They ( the jewelers) have attended a whole new aesthetic level, keeping the vital connection with the past, yet transcending it. I believe these artists have given to jewelry what jazz gave to music – a uniquely American contribution. They create beautiful works of art that can be worn, and by doing so, have earned international recognition”
– BILL FAUST II
Sheldon Harvey and Ira Lujan are collaborating to make so of Sheldon’s stylized Navajo Yei figures. This Sculpture is glass blown with crushed colored glasses gives the sculpture its unique detail. The sculpture measures 15″ H X 4″ W and the base measures 5″ W X 7 1/2 ” L
Sterling silver earrings inlaid with over 2000 stone. The stones are Lapis, Coral, Turquoise, and Mother of Pearl.
The central image was taken from a turn of the century Edward Curtis photo of a young man
from the village of Moenkopi on Third Mesa, Arizona. The image was found in the Library of
Congress archives. What initially garnered my interest was how striking the individual appeared
in the photograph. His attire was really an intriguing relic of the past causing me to wonder
about the young man’s life in his utilitarian dress up. With little information about the person’s
life, my thoughts began to wonder.
These relics from the past must be brought through a transformation and assimilated into the
qualities of today. Into the new possibilities, into the new vision of the universe. these must
be kept alive. Artist sole duty and function is the mythologization of the environment and the
world. the myths of the old must be regenerated if they’re going to have any impact.
This particular painting was conceived and conjured up under direct influences of vivid
memories and persistent dreams. Revealing a tapestry of myth manifesting in symbolic and
metaphoric images of my energetic youth residing within my modern frame of reference. Each
visual element crescendoing into a calypso of excitement felt by a young youth experiencing all
the modern pleasures of an American living in the 90’s and fusing of summer Hopi social butterfly
The representational yet abstract nature is a result of the marginalizing effects of occurring in
two worlds with opposing worldviews. In this way demonstrating the resilience of our
grandparents to maintain ancient rituals as the people evolve. For instance, the folk tails and
myths are transforming as the people evolve. The environment transforms the culture and we
respond to it while the stories shape. Transforming to the situation of the people. A
phenomenon that echoes throughout all Native culture and arts.