GREG OVERTON TO WALK IN A SACRED MANNER
The Lakota culture teaches us to consider the impact of our actions on future generations while taking into account our moral obligation to honor past generations. This understanding of one’s proper place and time is extremely important. To speak and act with respect and honor is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and to future generations. This is also the best way to honor those who came before us.
Having a deep respect for ourselves, each other, the earth and all of its creatures is the highest virtue. This along with many other things is some of what I have learned from a lifetime of studying native culture and western art. These ideas are what I hope to share and communicate with this new series of paintings. I believe it’s important and extremely valuable for us at this time to return to the basic principles of mutual respect and reverence for all life.
This is what is meant by the phrase, “to walk in a sacred manner” which is a Native American saying that we can all learn from and hopefully put into practice and make the world a better and more peaceful and respectful place for us all to live.— Greg Overton
These preliminary studio sketches are part of my process when I begin a show. I am basically brainstorming ideas and trying to get into a flow to reach a new level of creativity. I keep the best ones to share with collectors and give an in depth look into my work and my creative process. These preliminary studio sketches are actually a very important part of what I do when creating a group of paintings for a show. So, you basically get to see the entire process from start to finish.
oil on board, 24 x 18 inches, $4,500
Greg Overton’s paintings have been praised for their ability to tell a story, evoke primal feelings and remind us of the importance of connection and balance. The core of his work is his portraits of Native Americans that are powerful and which seem to convey the souls of the subjects.
Overton’s fascination with the American West began at a young age. He still holds onto western pieces he drew and painted starting at about age eight. As he continued his artistic path, he began concentrating on paintings of historical images of Native Americans, eventually leading to representation in prestigious galleries.
Although Overton has painted a variety of western subjects, his portraits of Native Americans stand out as some of his most powerful and moving works. Through his use of color, composition and texture, he brings these figures to life in a way that feels both timeless and deeply human.
What sets his portraits apart from other depictions of Native Americans is their sense of connection and soulfulness. Each subject seems to invite the viewer to share in their world and experiences, creating a sense of depth that is difficult to put into words. Some of Overton’s subjects are historical figures, while others are warriors from his imagination, but each is brought to life with a level of detail and realism that is truly breathtaking. From the texture of their clothing to the expressions on their faces, each element is carefully considered and executed to create a portrait that feels alive.
Through his work, Greg Overton reminds us of the beauty and complexity of Native American culture, and encourages us to explore the depths of the human experience. His paintings are more than just images on a canvas; they are powerful reflections of the soul, and a testament to the enduring spirit of the American West.
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