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Tamara Sigler

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Tamara Sigler


Tamara Sigler

"Trails End"

Oil , 18" x 12"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

My paintings can be described as Western Contemporary with themes drawn from my Oklahoma, Cherokee and Catholic roots.

I find inspiration in the strong patterns and colors of Navajo weaving, with the complete image only visible through the repeated interaction of thousands of individual strands. This concept of interconnectedness, along with a tendency to focus on small scenes of symbolic elements play out in my painting.

Much of my current work includes realistic and paper crows. I enjoy exploring the textures and colors within the black feathers and white surfaces and am fascinated by the “human” attributes ascribed to these noisy and communal birds. One series explores the real and symbolic traits attributed to the crow. In another, the origami crows form contemporary compositions focused on the energy of their connected movement, within a “landscape” of textures and rug patterns.

My hope is that my paintings convey human characteristics and spirit with a contemporary approach to subject and composition that is inspired by a western tradition.

Biography

Oklahoma native, Tamara Sigler, studied art at Kansas City Art Institute and earned her BFA from Oklahoma City University. She spent much of the next eight years exploring areas of beauty in Oklahoma and in the desert Southwest and Rocky Mountain States.

Her still life “scenes” reflect the strong colors and patterns inspired by her travels, showcasing a contemporary approach to composition along with a love and respect for traditional painting technique.

Tamara is the recipient of the Native Star Award and has shown by invitation in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Small Works, Great Wonders Show. She has had work displayed in the Butler Museum of American Art and participated in numerous galleries and juried shows, including Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s 12×12, Heroes and Outlaws: 100 Oklahomans by 100 Oklahoma Artists, and the Rusty Gables Spring Stampede.

She was one of Spirit of the Buffalo artists, with two of her proposed designs accepted for the successful project sponsored by the Nature Conservancy in Oklahoma City. Her designs are included in The Spirit of the Buffalo, Oklahoma’s Past and Future by Linda Millier Bosteels.

Education

Oklahoma City University    BFA   1991       Magna cum Laude GPA 3.96

Exhibitions

2016-2017            Small Works, Great Wonders National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

2016                        Bosque Art Classic   Bosque, TX

2016                        Area Artists Midyear Show Butler Museum of American Art

2013-2015            8th, 9th and 10th Spring Stampede Juried Invitational Oklahoma City, OK

2015                        “Native Star” Award Recipient

2010                        Bona Fide: Juried Roster Artist Exhibit   ArtSpace Gallery, Shreveport, LA

2009                        Dia de los Muertos   ArtSpace Gallery,   Shreveport, LA

2002-2003            12×12 Invitational Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma City, OK

2006-2009             Heroes and Outlaws: 100 Oklahomans by 100 Oklahoma Artists OKC, OK

2004                        Spirit of the Buffalo Nature Conservancy, Oklahoma City, OK

Collections

Rusty Gables Gallery, OKC, OK    Gallery Collection – “Still Life: In the Kitchen”

Ardmore Chamber Foundation, Ardmore, OK Wichita Landscape Buffalo

Frederick Bass & Company, Houston, TX – Native Butterflies Buffalo

Integris Hospital, OKC, OK– Children in Park, Under the Sea, and Stars Murals           

Gipson Design, OKC, OK– Carousel and Enchanted Wood Murals