Standing Rock Sioux
Title of Work
UND Art & Design Study Collection
Stored: FF_007_ B
UND Art Collections Repository
David Thunderhawk was born in 1977 and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota. Thunderhawk attended the University of North Dakota from 2000 to 2004., first majoring in history, then in art. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UND he returned to Bismarck, where he worked as a graphic designer while continuing to produce portraits. He is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Thunderhawk describes portraiture as "the greatest challenge of artistic expression". He believes that the challenge is not to simply capture an accurate physical likeness, but to strip away the individual's persona and reveal the essence within. In the process of doing so, the artist wants the viewer to contemplate universal issues of life, existence, and being.
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