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Bruce A. LaFountain

Chippewa
(b. 1961)
Artist Bruce LaFountain assists Joel, a student at St. Joseph's Indian School

"I’m a modern Indian, up to date, brand new. My stone art is a gift passed to me from warriors past and living." ~ LaFountain

Raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota, Bruce’s unique ancestry is Chippewa, French and Cree. LaFountain learned about his Chippewa heritage from his father. As a youth, he made his own bustles and danced in powwows. This heritage is reflected in his sculptures through his use of the warrior image and animal motifs.

The shapes LaFountain gives his sculptures evoke a feeling of lightness and movement, a soaring quality. He draws from his Native American heritage to bring life experiences to completion through sculpture.

Bruce prefers working with the hardest stones, enjoying the deliberate pace that allows him to draw out the nature of each piece.

Today, Bruce LaFountain is considered to be one of the masters of modern contemporary sculpture. His work can be found in museums, galleries and private collections throughout the country, including the Smithsonian.

 

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