Blanket, 2005. James Lavadour (Walla Walla), b. 1951. Oil on board. Museum purchase with funds donated by Robert Jon Grover, 2007 (26/6079).

The images comprising Lavadour’s Blanket represent not the physical appearance of the Umatilla reservation, which he has walked daily for years, but the natural forces—geological and meteorological—that shaped the land. Lavadour draws parallels between these processes and his work as an artist as he pushes and scrapes pigments across the panel.

James Lavadour (Walla Walla, b. 1951), long inspired by the landscape of eastern Oregon, cites the influence of Chinese painting, Abstract Expressionism, and the music of John Coltrane on recent paintings. His work has been collected by the Heard Museum, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Qwest Corporation, Seattle Arts Commission, and the Washington State Arts Commission, as well as exhibited internationally. In 1992, Lavadour and friends incorporated the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, a printmaking studio, gallery, and venue for traditional arts of the Plateau.


Artist Talk with James Lavadour:
The Properties of Paint

Saturday, April 9, 2011

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, artist James Lavadour (Walla Walla) spoke about his paintings inspired by the landscape of eastern Oregon and the influence of improvisational jazz and the music of John Coltrane on his work.

Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection

The National Museum of the American Indian
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