Collection: Les Berryhill

    Lester Roy Berryhill is a Native American artist focusing on beadwork. He lives in Edmond, Oklahoma and is a member of the Yuchi and Muscogee tribes

    He is a self-taught artist specializing in beadwork of cultural artifacts. He was inspired to start beadwork after seeing a selection of beaded knife cases in a Santa Fe gallery in the mid-1980s. He began beading knife sheaths to showcase his collection of old knives. Later, he started beading medicine bags, small coin purses, and embellishing antique kitchen utensils as well as Navajo chief's blankets. His work conveys the favor of reds, blues, turquoises, oranges and greens, mimicking the Plain's style and colors. He researches his designs during museum trips as well as in books. Berryhill has exhibited his work at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market, Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, Cherokee Art Market, Jackson Hole Art Show, and the Heard Museum's Indian Fair.