Chaz John

Chaz John

  • Artist’s Statement

    Chaz John’s current body of work “Manifest Destiny’s Child” presents a vibrant collection of images, both real and imagined, that comprise a poetic narrative of cultural iconography, raw dream images, and a personal quilt of archetypal patterns that make up the collective American psyche.

    The work continually pivots around the “Modern Myth of the American Frontier”. Picking at its shallow timeline, Chaz’s work coalesces these moments into an insightful atmosphere that parallels this narrative with intimate elements of self reflection, infusing it into a compelling transmuted action.

    Throughout the body of work Chaz draws from historical references such as western alchemy, indigenous storytelling and family history. This is coupled with an introspective visual language of tattoo flash art, slap stick comedy and addiction, proposing a deeply personal contemporary translation of Indigenous and American iconography.

    The work embraces the tension between opposites; blurring the line of representation and abstraction, figure and shadow, and revealing something familiar and vague at the same time.

    “I want the paintings and sculptures to look like they’re trying to remember a dream; falling apart and coming together; That’s really it”.

    Although like a dream the relationship between the subjects and narrative isn’t always apparent, the work evokes complex emotional depth, humor and an aura of mystery that invites the viewer to embrace a collection of humanity’s archetypal narratives that continue to live us.

  • Biography

    Chaz John:

    b. 1987

    from Topeka, KS

    currently lives in Santa Fe, NM

    Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska / Mississippi Band Choctaw / European

    Chaz John presents a vibrant collection of images, both real and imagined, that comprise a poetic narrative of cultural iconography, raw dream images, and a personal quilt of archetypal patterns that make up the collective American psyche.

  • Awards

    • 2019: SITE Scholar Award
    • 2017 – 2019: Full Circle Scholar Award
    • 2017-2019: American Indian College Fund Award
    • 2017-2019: Winnebago Higher Education Scholarship
    • 2017-2019: IAIA CIB Scholarship
    • 2017-2019: IAIA GPA Scholarship
    • Merit Scholarship School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Exhibitions

    Manifest Destiny's Child I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2020
    • Rez Dogs II I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2019
    • Rez Dogs Redux I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2018
    • Rez Dogs I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2018

    Group Shows:
    • SITE Scholars Exhibition I SITE I Santa Fe, NM I 2019
    • Drawing and Driving I Axel Contemporary I Santa Fe, NM I 2019
    • Edge Contemporary 2 I SWAIA I Santa Fe, NM I 2019
    • IAIA BFA Show I MoCNA I Santa Fe, NM I 2019
    • In the Ruins of the Anthropocene I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2019
    • MicroCosm I Form and Concept I Santa Fe, NM I 2018
    • Dogs I Winnow Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2018
    • Edge Contemporary I SWAIA I Santa Fe, NM I 2018
    • Mirror Box: Strangers Collective I Form and Concept I Santa Fe, NM I 2018
    • Native Nations I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2017

Showing 1–12 of 47 artworks

Chaz John

Red on the Outside,White on the Inside (A Decolonial Step Ladder)
84 x 24 x 30 ″ Wood, plastic, paint, mirror, Alcoholics Anonymous books, ribbon Sold

Chaz John

Cursed Cove in a Sea of Spit
12 x 9″ Framed: 17 x 14″ Soft Pastel and Charcoal on Colored Construction Paper $400

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Mississippian Effigy Head #2
20 x 24 x 1.75 ″ Acrylic House Paint on Wood Panel $2,200

Chaz John

Mississippian Effigy Head #1
20 x 24 x 1.75 ″ Acrylic House Paint on Wood Panel $2,200

Chaz John

Pigs Eating Fermented Apples
9 x 11″ Framed: 14 x 17″ Soft Pastel and Charcoal on Colored Construction Paper Sold

Chaz John

Capsicum the States Sponsored Plant (Leafblower Cornucopia)
36 x 36 x 36 ″ Leafblower wood chili and strap

Chaz John

Even Pony’s Get Depressed (Death on Miami Beach) after Percy Waters
9 x 11 ″ Framed: 14 x 17 ″ Soft Pastel and Charcoal on Colored Construction Paper $400

Chaz John

Peacock with Rotting Fruit
9 x 11 ″ Framed: 14 x 17 ″ Soft Pastel and Charcoal on Colored Construction Paper Sold

Chaz John

Blue Jesus
9 x 11 ″ Framed: 17 x 14 ″ Soft Pastel and Charcoal on Colored Construction Paper $400

Chaz John

My 80 Year Old Neighbor Used to Shot Blue Jays (After Audubon)
16 x 14 ″ Acrylic House Paint on Wood Panel Sold

Chaz John

When my Grandmothers Spirit Showed Me Her Rosaries
11 x 9 ″ Framed: 17 x 14 ″ Soft Pastel and Charcoal on Colored Construction Paper Sold

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Covid Summer Dreaming
11 x 9 ″ Framed: 17 x 14 ″ Soft Pastel and Charcoal on Colored Construction Paper $400