Ojibwe artist Rabbett Strickland creates vivid, richly colored allegorical paintings depicting Ojibwe mythology centered on the trickster character, Nanabozho. His paintings share Nanabozho’s traditional wisdom and challenge injustices. His style evokes the aesthetics of Baroque and Romantic traditions, with their swirling, dramatic compositions and robust figures in the vein of Western artists like Peter Paul Rubens and Sandro Botticelli.
Rabbett started painting as a teenager, impressed by the work of European Renaissance and Baroque masters including Botticelli, Michelangelo, Titian, Velasquez, Rubens and Leonardo. He studied both the forms and the studio practices of these masters, and creates his work using traditional glazing techniques, where layers of translucent color lend the paintings a glowing quality of emanating light. The combination of traditional European techniques and forms together with a masterfully-drawn subject matter deeply rooted in Anishinabe culture, places this artist’s work in a class of its own.
The opening reception is Thursday, April 19 at the South Dakota Art Museum highlighting "Native Women Leadership and Activism" in conjunction with the SDSU American Indian Student Center.
- 5:00: Reception in the gallery
- 5:45: Film screening: Mankiller, a film about Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller (SD Art Museum Auditorium)
- 6:45: Fireside chat with Madonna Thunder Hawk (SD Art Museum Auditorium)
Free parking in the new South Dakota Art Museum reserved lot, just west of the museum on Harvey Dunn Street.