Kirby Sattler born 1950 and has developed his painting into a distinctive style of realism.
“My paintings are interpretations based upon the nomadic tribes of the 19th century American Plains. The subjects are a variety of visual references and my imagination. I am not a historian, nor an ethnologist. Being of non-native blood, without personal history, it would be presumptuous to portray the subject I paint from any other view than as an artist with an innate interest in the world’s indigenous cultures”.
The artist states, ” I attempt to give the viewer of my work a sense of what these sacred objects meant to the wearer; when combined with the proper ritual or prayer there would be a transference of identity. More than just aesthetic adornment, it was an outward manifestation of their identity and their inter-relatedness with their natural and spiritual world.”
Kirby Sattler has developed his painting into a distinctive style of realism. The methodology involves the painstaking layering of transparent washes over multiple under-paintings. This technique results in canvases that are rich in detail, defined textures and surfaces.