Collection: Dolores Purdy

    Dolores is a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and a Winnebago descent living north of Santa Fe, New Mexico

    “Warrior Art” is a common description of the ledger art style, and was considered a male art form in the past. For over 2 decades, she has followed the gender specific traditional art form by using the same medium of antique paper and colored pencils, only creating a contemporary version from a female perspective. Her work veers far from the usual imagery typically seen in most contemporary ledger art.  Dolores’ images may represent bison hunters riding past colorful teepees, or bright Cadillacs racing across the page. Bright colors, and vivid imagery is her way to stand out from the other ledger artists as well as honoring her ancestors.

    Her work is in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, The White House, Nerman museum of Contemporary art as well as others.