Meet the Artist - Eric Tippeconnic

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Comanche artist Eric Tippeconnic is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation on his father’s side and his mother hails from Copenhagen, Denmark. Eric’s interest in painting and art was heavily influenced while growing up on numerous reservations and Indigenous communities as well as from travelling to Denmark each summer to visit his mother’s side. Eric’s cultural diversity and love of history and art from an early age helped develop his interest and passion for creating art from the moment he could hold a pencil. Using bright, rich and vibrant color combinations, Eric utilizes his artwork to capture movement that serves as a metaphor for the viewer which boldly states that Indigenous American cultures while intimately connected to their history are in fact contemporary, alive, and constantly evolving.

In addition to his passion for painting Eric is an avid reader with a constant thirst for knowledge. He is a world traveler having visited over 40 countries for study and pleasure. More recently he was invited to attend a conference held by the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle where he gave a speech addressing the persecution of the Yazidi peoples in northern Iraq by ISIS.

Eric’s art has been on display in the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington, The Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska and at the Chico Art Center in Chico, California. In May 2016 Eric was invited to attend the Native Treasures Art Show in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in June 2016 Eric’s work was on display at the Southern Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Additionally he was invited as a guest speaker at the 2016 Sovereignty Symposium in Oklahoma City and will be a guest speaker again in 2017. 

 For the 2018 Sovereignty Symposium Eric will be the featured artist for their advertising campaign.  Eric is also co-curating and exhibition at the Bullock Texas State History Museum which will run from April 2018-January 2019.  He has also been selected to show his art at the Santa Fe Indian Market, American Indian Arts Market Place at the Autry in Los Angeles, California and the Indian Wells Art Market in Palm Springs, California.

Eric completed his PhD in History at the University of New Mexico. He is the first Comanche to receive a PhD in History. Eric resides in southern California with his family and teaches at California State University Fullerton.

Eric is represented by Wilde Meyer Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, True West Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and Rogoway Gallery in Tubac, AZ. 

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