FORCES OF COLOR & SPIRIT
the history of art only a select number of artists distinguish
themselves as originators of a personal idiom that reverberates
beyond place and time. John Nieto is one of those originals.
Recognized worldwide for his signature blend of expressive
colors, dynamic brushwork, and powerful compositions, Nieto
is an American artist who speaks in a universal language.
His personal story, told here for the first time, is a journey
Nieto’s paintings combine reverence for his heritage with
a sophisticated worldview. They are also autobiographical.
"To be true to yourself does not mean that you can't be
a good citizen of the universe as well," he says.
Nieto depicts Native peoples as icons of dignity and unity.
His buffalo, bears, and coyotes are symbols of survival.
Each is captured in pulsating saturated hues that affirm
the vibrant spirituality inherent in all living things.
Nieto’s paintings communicate harmony and unity. Put simply,
Nieto is happy to be alive, and he shares that joy in this
those familiar with Nieto’s work or those discovering it
for the first time, Forces of Color & Spirit promises to
awaken the senses. Lavishly illustrated with more than 180
color plates, it includes for the first time Nieto’s recent
series of twenty-five paintings exploring the chromatic
persona of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull. The chapter on limited
editions offers documentation for the thousands of collectors
who prize Nieto’s prints.
eye-dazzling paintings rank him among the vanguard of contemporary
American colorists. As noted by Seth Hopkins, author of
the foreword, “in contemplating the art of John Nieto one
is faced with a question that has haunted art critics for
centuries: Who is the originator and who are the copyists?
In this case the answer is simple. Amid a sea of copyists,
John Nieto is an American original.”
Hallsten McGarry earned her master’s degree in art history
from the University of Minnesota and served as editor-in-chief
of Southwest Art magazine from 1979 to 1997. She has chronicled
the lives and interpreted the art of countless contemporary
artists in books, catalogs, and articles. Living in Santa
Fe, New Mexico, she is administrative director of the national
painting group Plein-Air Painters of America and is active
in the local art community, including ARTsmart, a nonprofit
that funds art materials and scholarships for Santa Fe’s
15 x 13”
180 color plates
Hardcover , 180 pages
Trade Edition: $125
Deluxe Edition (300) with giclČe (Navajo): $400
Collector’s Edition (25) with original painting (Sitting
Published by Fresco Fine Art Publications, llc
Distributed by Ventana Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM