Patrick Dean Hubbell

January 19 - February 12, 2022 

In conjunction with the Western Pop exhibitions, the work of Patrick Dean Hubbell is being exhibited to ensure broader representation and perspectives on the American Southwest. Born and raised in the Navajo Nation, on the border of Arizona and New Mexico, Hubbell grew up in a very small, rural town and was raised practicing Navajo traditions and cultural beliefs. 

Patrick Dean Hubbell

Hubbell received a BFA in 2010 from Arizona State University and completed his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2021. He is one of the region’s fastest-rising artists with participation in over 20 exhibitions in the past four years and with a recent exhibition at Gerald Peters Contemporary in New York. He has been highlighted by Southwest Art’s list of “21 under 31,” and is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. Grant Award and the New Artist Society Award of SAIC. Reviews of Hubbell’s work have been published in the Albuquerque Journal, the Western Art and Architecture Magazine, 15 Bytes - Utah’s Art Magazine, and Southwest Art Magazine, among others. His work has been exhibited at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; The Autry Museum of the West, Los Angeles; Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY; and in numerous public and private collections.

“My work is an exploration of my Diné and Indigenous identity and journey within the contemporary moment. The foundation of my practice is inspired by cultural methodologies, references to traditional Indigenous art and philosophy and the abstractness of language, nature, time, and place. Incorporating a variety of mediums, including natural earth pigment collected from my Diné homelands, and two-dimensional painting and drawing mediums, my work aims to challenge the imposition of categorizations and to amplify aspects of Indigneous identity within the western ideologies of contemporary art. The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of my life are translated through a combination of intuitive, gestural mark making, automatic drawing, and design. Using both elements of traditional substrate and incorporating sculptural elements of display, the two dimensional surface format recontextualizes figurative entities of abstraction. By expanding the principles and aesthetics of the western canon, my work seeks to redefine the visibility of the Indigenous experience.”

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