Moving back to rez was turning point for Diné artist
“Our art is sacred,” Jonathan Curley said.
This is how Curley, a painter, views Native art as a whole. “It’s a sacred form of art that is developed by us,” he said during a phone interview. “I can’t replicate a second piece … it will not come out the same way. For some reason I cannot replicate an identical piece.”
Through all of his accomplishments Curley has continued to feel humble and honored. “The Holy Ones blessed me with this great talent,” he said. And he remembers this every time a gallery reaches out him about displaying his art or people purchase his pieces. He works primarily in acrylic and aerosol spray paint.
Curley’s art is vibrant, bright and warm. It’s a mix of traditional designs with a contemporary twist. His signature style often includes a hummingbird, which represents good thoughts to him.
“There are times when I do struggle in my studio,” Curley said. “I’ll talk to my brushes and paints and my canvas and be like, ‘Okay, let me know when you’re ready to paint.’”