Brent Learned


An original painting by Native American artist Brent Learned was among the live auction items showcased at this year’s OKM Oktoberfest fundraiser held October 18 at the Bartlesville Community Center. Learned has dedicated his piece to be used as poster art for the 2013 OK Mozart International Festival. He will also be the featured artist in Lyon Gallery for the 2013 OKM Festival.

An award-winning artist known for his ability to capture the essence, emotion and historical authenticity of the Native American Indian in a contemporary vision, Learned is a member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

The piece, titled “Rhythm of Life,” depicts Native Americans playing drums, flutes and other instruments with dancers off in the distance. The painting is done in his trademark style, utilizing acrylics in bright bold colors, textures and brush strokes that give life to a rustic impressionistic style.

Valued at $7,000, the artist generously agreed to donate half of its sale price to OK Mozart.

Learned has the distinction of having his work reside in museums such as the Smithsonian Institute, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the Cheyenne/Arapaho Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma, and the University of Kansas Art Museum in Lawrence, Kansas.

His work also appears in private collections such as the Governor of Oklahoma Private Collection, Governor’s Mansion in Oklahoma City, Mel Gibson’s private collection in Malibu, California, the Haskell Indian University in Lawrence, Kansas and the Kerr Foundation Private Collection in Oklahoma City.

He also has the honor of having his work displayed at the Jim Thorpe Foundation, the Bank of America in Washington DC, and the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington DC.

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