Neal Ambrose Smith is a descendent of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana. His paintings mix concepts of Indigenous identity, pop culture, and existential questions about contemporary society. Drawing on inspiration from abstractionists like Wifredo Lam (1902 1982) and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Smith employs bold, bright colors with layered imagery. The title of the show is borrowed from a large-scale neon sculpture, which will feature prominently in the show, and is written in both Salish and English.
Smith also reimagines traditional Native American figures like Coyote and Badger, with popular American and English characters like Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Max from Where the Wild Things Are.
Missoula Art Museum
335 N. Pattee St.Missoula, MT
- through Feb. 26
- Art & Exhibits