“This is my heart as I 
travel all over; my spirit, 
my life and living.”
Flathead Indian Chief, Montana
Whilst living in the United States in the 1980s, during which time he visited The Navajo and Tohono O'odham Nations of Arizona as well as the lands of the Indigenous Tribes of California and New Mexico, Gordon Ellis-Brown became interested in the misrepresentation of Native American peoples in US pop-culture, particularly the damaging stereotypes disseminated by cinematic genres like the Western. 
Ellis-Brown's Soul Shaker series responds to these preconceived notions of the historical American West, incorporating symbolism drawn from forms found in Native American petroglyphs. Constructed from collaged photographs, resin, paint and natural pigments, these bold graphic works celebrate the enduring materiality of some images whilst recognising the vulnerability and need to safeguard others. The compositions seek to make a connection beneath the surface and by deciphering codes he responds with a visual language to challenge the viewer. 
In Soul Shaker, Ellis-Brown also raises questions about environmental sustainability, juxtaposing ancient and modern cultural signifiers to ask how we might reverse the devastating impacts of modernity and globalisation to preserve our precious natural resources. 
Sundance II. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 100 x 75 cm
Angeni I. Acrylic, charcoal, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 46 x 154 cm
A Day in the Life of Ten Bears. Acrylic and pigment on canvas. 78 x 90cm
Nootau I. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 52 x 100 cm
Little Warrior II. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 100 x 75 cm
Tumbleweed II. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on wood panel. 57 x 87 cm
Spur. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on wood panel. 35 x 87 cm
Badlands. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on wood panel. 61 x 120 cm
Sundowner. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 100 cm
They Died with their Boots On. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 50 cm
Biggity II. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 50 cm
Etu (Sun) II. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 50 cm
Wild West III. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 50 cm
Lonestar. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on wood panel. 32 x 80 cm
Yahto. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 36 x 70 cm
Flaming Arrow II. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 90 x 50 cm
Adahy (Lives in Woods). Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 44 x 154 cm
Howdy II. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 31 x 84 cm
Space Girl. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 100 x 70 cm
Space Boy. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 100 x 70 cm
Illegal Aliens. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 37 x 104 cm
Red Cloud. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 113 x 72 cm
Mayamis (Meet Me by the River). Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 34 x 100 cm
Ghost Riders. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 34 x 50 cm
Crazy Horse. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 55 x 160 cm
Dry Lightning I. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 100 x 75 cm
Enola (Earth). Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 52 x 100 cm
Wild West I. Acrylic, pigment print on Arches Aquarelle. 59 x 113 cm
Poke. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 100 cm
Long Holy. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 44 x 84 cm
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