In November 2019 we present a solo exhibition by contemporary Aleut painter Thomas Stream (Sun’aq Aleut) who presents a new body of work focusing on birds in their winter habitats.
Aleut artist Thomas Stream was born in Kodiak, AK in 1941. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish School of Allied Arts in 1976. He began the Aleutian Painting series in 1996, an exploration of natural forms, vivid colors and delicate patterns. This series is encapsulated by the phrase, “We are still here,” a simple—yet poignant and powerful—statement that sums up Stream’s outlook on his heritage and his artwork.
Stream’s vivacious animals wear traditional Aleutian hunting hats. These represent nobility and status within Aleut society. The visors have been made out of steam-bent driftwood for millennia, serving both to shade the hunter’s face in his kayak and to spiritually connect the hunter to his prey. The shape of the visor echoes the Aleutian kayaks. In Stream’s iconography these visors celebrate the individual spirit of each animal, while connecting them to the Aleut people, who share the same environment.
The hunting visor has a couple of important uses. While in their kayaks, Aleutian hunters would wear hats and visors that funnel sound over the water into the hunters’ ears, enabling them to pinpoint an animal’s location. The hunters would decorate special hats for regalia purposes, showing their prowess and wealth with trade beads, colorful designs, and sea lion whiskers (the longest of which could only be captured by the most skilled of hunters). This wonderful symbol of a peaceful people is one that Thomas now uses on animals from every continent. It is his statement of how our environment is so closely and directly affected by our actions, and shows the common global bond that we have with nature.
Stream’s paintings make use of geometric designs and pointillist dots. At first glance, these dots and lines simply add depth to a jay’s wing or an orca’s tail. However, these spiraling forms are cultural techniques to visualize time and space—the addition of which lend a longevity and immortality to their subjects.
Exhibition Dates:November 7, 2019 - November 30, 2019
Thomas StreamMagpie – GicleeLimited Edition Giclee
Thomas StreamBlue WinterOriginal Gouache Painting on Paper, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamWinter KingfisherOriginal Gouache Painting on Paper, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamRed WinterOriginal Gouache Painting on Paper, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamSnowy Shadows – GicleeLimited Edition Giclee
Thomas StreamSeason’s ChoicePaper, Paint, Wooden Eyes, Beads
Thomas StreamNorthern Fur SealLimited Edition Original Gouache Painting
Thomas StreamJourney NorthOriginal Gouache Painting
Thomas StreamShadows by the LakeLimited Edition Giclée
Thomas StreamFrom a Distance – GicleeLimited Edition Giclee
$900 - Contact us to special order
Thomas StreamWinter Call – GicleeLimited Edition Giclee
Thomas StreamFrom the Bottom Up – MiniOriginal Gouache Painting, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamThunder LightsOriginal Gouache on Paper - Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamDown Under – Sea Hunters Hat | Collaboration with Scott JensenHemlock (Hat), Yellow Cedar, Simulated Sea Lion Whiskers, Trade Beads, Beach Feathers, Acrylic Paint, Metal Stand
Thomas StreamCedar WaxwingLimited Edition Original Gouache Painting
$1,600 - Contact to special order
Thomas StreamIndigo BuntingOriginal Gouache on Paper, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamIn PursuitOriginal Gouache Painting, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamWinter PuffinOriginal Gouache Painting, Conservation Framed