History & Demo of the Flat Style of Indian Art from Oklahoma with Johnnie Diacon
To watch the event, go to @centerforcreativitytulsa on Facebook at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17.
Mvskoke artist Johnnie Diacon will give a brief history and a demonstration of the style of Native American painting that was popular during the middle half of the last century. The flat style was first introduced by the Kiowa Six at the University of Oklahoma under Oscar B. Jacobson, and it was further embellished at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma under native artists Acee Blue Eagle, Woody Crumbo, and Dick West. It is the style of native painting that is most recognized in Oklahoma. Diacon studied this style of art at Bacone College and often paints in this style today.
Johnnie Diacon is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma (Mvskoke), Thlopthlocco Tribal Town (Raprakko Etvlwa), and he is Deer Clan (Ecovlke). He is a graduate of Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A noted artist for nearly four decades and the father of five (four girls and one boy) with two grandchildren, he currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife Nikki and their son Emerson.