Incorporating early tribal history with contemporary design elements to breathe life into his art

Brent Greenwood is an award-winning contemporary artist of Chickasaw and Ponca heritage. The acrylic and mixed media artist uses Native American history as an inspiration for his paintings. Using layers of paint, washes, drips and splatters to create depth and emotion in his work, Greenwood incorporates early tribal history with contemporary design elements to breathe life into his art.

Greenwood graduated in 1994 with an AFA in 2-Dimensional Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University in 1997. He draws much of his inspiration from his wife and two children — who are all artists. Greenwood notes that music and the energy of other Native American artists also have a strong influence on his creativity.

Greenwood’s pride in his tribal heritage goes beyond his paintings. Singing is another important outlet of creative expression for the artist. Greenwood takes pride in performing Ponca songs at local dances and at church. He continues to share this spirit by singing with his children and with youth in the Ponca Nations community.

Greenwood currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, and paints in his in-home art studio. He is featured in the educational book Unconquered and Unconquerable, Indian Tribes of Oklahoma: A Guide.

Accomplishments

  • Selected alongside his wife Kennetha as National Indian Parents of the Year in 2010 by the National Indian Education Association
  • One of the 11 Native American artists to participate in the 2011 “Art En Capital” at the Grand Palais in Paris
  • Has worked with Disney on updating their attractions
  • Was commissioned by Oklahoma City University, his alma mater, to create a painting that is currently on display at OCU's Kramer School of Nursing
  • Represented by Kiva Gallery in Santa Fe since 1998
  • Member of the Urban Indian 5 Artists of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Native Tourism Guide’s 2010 cover artist
  • The 2011 Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival's featured artist