When I saw these prints hanging in Annie's, a fantastic art and framing shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, I had to find out more. Their simplified, playful shapes and bold colors call to mind the artwork of the Coast Salish Indians while riffing on contemporary, Seattle-centric subject matter.
I reached out to the artist, Gerrad Stockdale, who sells the prints on his website, Peace for Profit. (Stockdale also has an appointment-only space on Pike Street, where you can peruse original paintings). It turns out he's not an American Indian, but a Puget Sound native who is just as enthralled by the area's history and natural surroundings as I have become in the nearly three years that I've lived here.
"I've always felt a connection to the style of the Pacific Northwest," he explains in his artist bio. "I used to wonder why local artists rarely embraced the 1,000 years of art history our region created."
Stockdale, who has been making similar art since he was 15, will likely catch some flack for the appropriation of a native style. (The fashion world's obsession with Navajo styles has been making news for that very reason.) But to me, his prints feel more like a respectful homage than a blatant rip-off. They're really fun. They make me want to learn a lot more about the area's native arts and crafts, too.
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(Images: Gerrad Stockdale)