Memorial: Positive and Negative Space by indigenous artist, Tony Tiger

Memorial: Positive and Negative Space by indigenous artist, Tony Tiger

Memorial: Positive and Negative Space by indigenous artist, Tony Tiger

  • Exhibit: August 5-November 5
  • Crystal Bridge Conservatory Visitor Lobby
  • Free to view during hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm, closed Mondays

See the new exhibit, Memorial: Positive and Negative Space, by indigenous artist Tony A.Tiger. See his work at the Gardens before seeing it next month at the opening of the First Americans Museum.

Tony A. Tiger is an artist, an Indigenous art curator and educator. Tiger is a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe with Seminole and Muscogee Creek ancestry. He earned a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Oklahoma State University. His art has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with numerous awards to his credit. His latest curation project Speak: Speak While You Can, a multi tribal art exhibition focusing on the revitalization of Indigenous languages in Oklahoma, opens at the Seminole Nation Museum in Wewoka September 1. Tiger is married to Brenda his faithful supporter. He enjoys the outdoors and community activities. Tiger is represented by the Exhibit C Gallery in Oklahoma City Bricktown and the Rain Maker Gallery in Bristol, UK.

Artist Statement

Memorials are for the living; in memorializing the past one should evaluate the positive and negative of that remembrance in hope that future actions would advance in wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
My art is fueled by the belief that mankind is more than mere reflection in a mirror; we are soul and spirit. My art explores the wonder and mystery of life’s challenges and victories. The incorporation of painting, printmaking, tribal art, and construction are my preferred forms for creating. The culture and history of my ancestors play an important part of my creativity. Woodland design, Seminole patchwork symbols, and Muscogee language and photography allow me to communicate my cultural ownership as a Native man in 21st century America. Life is short – I enjoy working in series, small and large bodies of art that communicate specific themes.

Memorial incorporates several series from the last couple of years, many pieces from 2020 – Indigenous Horse Culture, Oklahoma Tribal Identity, Woodland Expression, and Spiritual Transformation. The wisdom of reconciliation allows me to view life fully conscious; understanding and knowledge encourage me to evaluate the positive and negative aspects of existence. This belief encourages my curation and collaborative work.

I dedicate this exhibition to the many Indigenous individuals who died during this challenging time: my family member Harry D. Wood. I give thanks to the Almighty for life.