Lakota Moon by David Mann
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Utah artist David Mann lived within the Native American community and culture for several years. His paintings are colorful and fluid, somewhat contemporary in feel and yet accurate. His extraordinary use of strong light sets him apart as does his propensity for unusual composition. Admirers of his work often comment on the reflections in his work such as those in Lakota Moon, which tend to set the mood and further complicate and accentuate the overall, more contemporary design.
The Dakota Nation includes the native peoples who once lived in the northern forests and along the upper Mississippi River in northern Minnesota. In time, the Dakota Nation divided into three main groups: the Lakota Sioux moved to the plains north of the Black Hills to the Platte River and westward into present day Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Known as the great buffalo hunters of the west, the Lakota are the largest division of the Dakota Nation. They were the first of the Dakota to leave the forest, and their name means "forest dweller". They headed out west and lived a migratory life, following the buffalo they needed for food, clothing, and shelter. A few of their great leaders included: Sitting Bull, Red Cloud and Crazy Horse.
About The Artist
David Mann’s life focus has been his interest in the Native American culture, horses, and art. As a child, the artist collected any Remington and Russell prints he found along with books illustrated by Will James, Paul Brown, and Wesly Dennis.
Mann knows his subjects well from studying the history and culture of the Western Indian tribes. Born in Utah, the artist lived among the Southwestern tribes during a two-year mission in New Mexico and Arizona. During his time with the San Carlos Apache, Navajo, and Pueblo tribes, Mann absorbed layers of meaning that give depth to the human stories he tells. This unforgettable and invaluable time spent with the Indians allowed the artist to experience first-hand the stories, dignity, and culture magic of their lives. Mann’s paintings are alive in rich colors, remarkable illusion of day and moonlight, and energetic or quiet compositions.
The artist seeks to capture the personal moment of truth and has the benefit of working with Indian and mountain men who model for him. Mann looks deeply into his subjects, envisioning the joys and sorrows that have contributed to the strength of a culture. The artist’s paintings are known for careful attention to detail including clothing, saddles, jewelry, and the many other symbols and accoutrements that are part of his subjects’ cultures. The combination of heart and mind, and intellect and spirit is told in the dignified presence of the Native Americans featured in the historic settings in which the artist paints them. Mann’s images portray the spirits of the historic, as well as the contemporary west, usually depicting moments in time rather than historical events when deeply rooted traditions provided spiritual and physical sustenance for the Native Americans.
Mann’s original paintings are highly collected. The artist participates in several annual art exhibits around the country; he has been the subject of numerous magazine articles.