Raymond Nordwall Oils, Mixed Media
Raymond Nordwall is of Pawnee, Ojibwe, and Cherokee heritage. He is the son of an Oklahoma ceremonial pipe maker and great grandson of Ram Chief, a renowned turn-of-the-century Pawnee religious leader. He grew up in Oklahoma where he became linked to the culture. He began his studies at the age of fourteen under renowned artist Johnny Tiger, Jr. and later attended the American Indian Arts Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, graduating with honors. He also studied at Bacone College in Muskogee. He later studied with Santa Fe artist Frank Howell.
Nordwall was featured in art publications such as Southwest Art, Art of the West, and Cowboys and Indians.
He is well-known for his contemporary, colorist depictions of Native American warriors and wildlife. Every detail of the subjects' outfits and accouterments is meticulously researched by the artist, resulting in perfect historical accuracy in the finished piece.
Mr. Nordwall was the SWAIA Indian Market poster artist in the year 2000.
In 1994 a series of his pictures were subjects of a Landmark Calendar. Many of his paintings have been purchased by SOAR records for the covers of CDs.
His artwork is in the collection of several museums across the country, including:
Ralph Lauren private collection
Bureau of Indian Affairs
National Congress of the American Indian
Five Civilized Tribes Museum National Museum of American Indian
Gary Hart personal collection
Randy Travis private collection
Senator Enoch Kelly Haney personal collection
Gianni Versace estate Pequot Tribe