The art work of Kirby Sattler is fueled by an inherent interest in the Indigenous Peoples of the Earth. His Native American
Indian portraits evolve from the history, ceremony, mythology, and spirituality
of the Plains Indian. Sattler's ultradetailed interpretations examine the inseparable relationship
between the Indian and his natural world, reflecting a culture that had no hard line between
the sacred and the mundane.
Sattler has developed his painting into a distinctive style of realism. The methodology involves
the painstaking layering of transparent washes over multiple underpaintings. This technique
results in canvases that are rich in detail, defined textures and surfaces.
With the deliberate precision given to each work, he produces only a few paintings each year.
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The display of face paint design crow feathers and crow headdress in the painting "I AM CROW" is an illustrative interpretation
of the inseparable relationship between the Native American and their spiritual and natural world.
I purposely do not denote a specific tribal affiliation to my paintings, allowing the personal sensibilities and knowledge
of the viewer to create their own stories.