Neal Ambrose-Smith
American, born 1966 [Salish/Kootenai]




Zanatta Editions and Neal Ambrose-Smith have collaborated formally on three published prints -- but Joe Zanatta Contemporary Art has represented the artist for almost two decades, showing the extensive and delightful body of graphic work produced by Ambrose-Smith in his own experimental studio, where works on paper often defy classification by traditional print-making categories, can be so overworked in crayon, ink and/or paint that one has to look hard to identify the printing technique beneath, and which may contain glow-in-the-dark material, require 3D glasses or have collage elements created by his children. These editioned prints, unique prints, drawings and artist’s books also carry observations from the artist, who looks at the world and sees its humor and crimes, and every notch of the spectrum in between. Coyote is his hero.

Neal Ambrose-Smith is a Native American artist living in Corrales, New Mexico. Born in Texas, the artist received a BA in fine arts/painting from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley and an MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He currently teaches painting and printmaking at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where he is department chair of studio arts. While recognized as an artist, he is also nationally known as a leading proponent of non-toxic printmaking techniques.

Ambrose-Smith has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions over the past two decades throughout the United States. A one-person exhibition/catalog of the artist’s paintings and prints was presented at the Switzer Center for Visual Arts in Pensacola, Florida as part of its Visiting Master Artist series in 2013.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Eiteljorg Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Missoula Art Museum, New York Public Library, Sheldon Museum of Art, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Snite Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum, Tweed Museum of Art and others public institutions and university museums as well as private collections.

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