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56 Ep 56 True to One's Roots: The Art of Neal Ambrose-Smith

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Published on Feb 24, 2014

COLLIDING WORLDS presents Neal Ambrose- Smith True to One's Roots
Colliding Worlds -- an art documentary in a 30-minute format

PALM SPRINGS CA -- February 24, 2014 - COLLIDING WORLDS, an ART DOCUMENTARY in a 30-minute format, brings its latest episodes to broadcast and YouTube. Neal Ambrose- Smith True to One's Roots features Native American Artist Neal Ambrose Smith and Gallerist Gregory Bennett.

Neal Ambrose-Smith (http://www.indianspacepainters.com) is the son of Artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Born and raised off the reservation with a strong Native American culture in the house, Neal is impacted by his environment, his Native American roots, and pop culture and government activities. Ambrose-Smith writes: "I can't separate myself from it. We all have a responsibility individually and globally." Ambrose --Smith's work shows those influences. He mixes current state affairs with tribal images and often humor. The end result is work that challenges the viewer.

An enrolled member of the Salish, Cree, Shoshone and Metis members from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, Montana, Neal views his heritage as more than history. He sees a responsibility to preserve and nurture. A respected painter, printmaker and sculptor, Ambrose-Smith also is an educator in using non-toxic printmaking techniques. His work combines drawing, painting, printmaking and collage to create a layered grouping of images.

It is the layering of images that makes Neal's work deceptively simple. A neon triangle is more than a sum of its sides. In Neal's hands the triangle is a tepee, an iconic symbol of Native American imagery. In Neal's hands it a boyhood haunt, a symbol of people living a life tied to the natural rhythms. In Neal's hands it is a glowing homage to neon, an abstract art installation that is sublimely absurd and deeply poignant.

Gallerist Greg Bennett (http://www.gregbennettcontemporaryart...) is a supporter of Native American Artists such as Neal Ambrose Smith. Greg's gallery focuses on the contemporary and often misunderstood art of Native Americans. The gallery located at 73255 El Paseo, Suite, 5 Palm Desert CA 92260, takes risks. "Often art, such as Neal's, is not readily available in the mainstream. I saw a need to bring this art to more people. I saw a need to make people see Native American is not just 'southwest' art. It can be and is vibrant contemporary work that is worthy of public attention."

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