Adrian Wall

2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow

Adrian WallAdrian Wall2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Artist FellowAdrian Wall2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Artist Fellow

In September 2009, SAR welcomed sculptor Adrian Wall as the 2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow. A renowned artist from Jemez Pueblo, Wall has been sculpting since his late teens. His primary medium is stone, but he also works with clay and bronze. Stylistically, he is well known for blending figurative details with abstract forms.

While at SAR, Wall worked on three maquettes, or small models, for a multipiece sculptural hanging. A significant departure from his established style, this piece was a representation of Pueblo life that included perceptions of environment, spiritual beliefs, and subsistence. While working on this new form, Wall used information from the IARC collections to research symbols and designs that he could reinterpret as elements in his overall design.

“My time at SAR was incredible,” Wall said. “It gave me time to explore my ideas and to practice new techniques. I think I came away from SAR wanting to become a more complete artist. I realized from my time at SAR that there is a component in my work that could be built upon. I became more interested in the ideas behind my work, and I want to explore them more thoroughly. Eagle SpiritEagle Spirit2007. Utah alabaster on walnut base, 28” x 10” x 8”. Courtesy of Adrian Wall.Eagle Spirit2007. Utah alabaster on walnut base, 28” x 10” x 8”. Courtesy of Adrian Wall.I believe this will lead to the creation of more consequential sculpture in the future. As far as realizing my goals, I believe I did. My project changed substantially, and I am currently working on variations of my project. My experience at SAR inspired me to pursue a style of sculpture that I’ll be working on for many years to come.”

Adrian Wall is a member of the Indigenous Sculptors Society, an elite group of Native American sculptors dedicated to the advancement of stone sculpture. He has won several major awards, including Best in Division at the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and first place in sculpture at the Cherokee Indian Market in 2007. His work can be found in museums and private collections across the United States.

Find out more about Adrian Wall by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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