David Groat's
art

is displayed and sold at:



The Alaska House


Alaska Native Heritage Center

Alaska Native Arts Foundation

Alaska Native Medical Center

The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Arctic Raven Gallery

Picture Alaska Art Gallery

Sea Lion Gallery

The Dancing Leaf Gallery


Tokosha Gift Shop at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

... and here at
davidgroat.com






NEW
Posters!

Hello Friends,

It's a new year and I hope it's a good one for all of you.  

I'm very pleased to now have some masks at The Alaska House art gallery in downtown Fairbanks, at the corner of 10th Ave. and Cushman St.  If you're up that way, stop in and meet Yolanda Fejes, the warm and friendly owner of this beautiful gallery of Alaskan art. The gallery is housed in a log cabin that was hand-built in 1939, an authentic piece of Fairbanks' rich history.  The Alaska House is open year round, supporting and promoting Alaskan artists.

The annual  Art Showcase & Auction in support of Alaska public radio and television broadcasting is fast approaching.  This year the live on-air bidding is from 7pm-10pm February 6, 7, and 8.  Preview the art to be auctioned in the Art Catalog, then tune into KAKM, KYUK, or KTOO to phone in your bid on your favorite original and limited edition art by Alaskan artists.  Proceeds help to keep public media flourishing in Alaska with educational and inspirational programs for all ages.  This cause is very important to me.  I have donated two masks to the event of which 100% of the proceeds will be contributed.  And as in years past, will be giving 25% of all sales from this website during the month of February to Alaska Public Media.  Check this site in February for new work that I'll be selling especially for this cause! :-)

Thank you for your continued support,   
~David              


 
David's friend Jared models one of David's masks  


*While you're here, please take time to sign my Guestbook!  



Are you an Artist or a Copy Machine?
"For years I've not understood how a person can copy work from years past and call it art.  Then it had meaning, maybe a purpose, and now a price tag.  I find it sad as a Native American artist, that we have not just lost our way in things, now our things are for sale for the low, low price of no self-respect.  And no respect for our elders.  See through the eyes of tradition, but step firmly into your future.  Stretch your talent like your legs.  Once again, make your elders proud.  You are not a copy machine, you are an artist."      ~David Groat

   

David Groat is an Aleut clay sculptor from the Bristol Bay area of Alaska.  He is descendant of the Qagaan Taya}ungin tribe of the Unangan people (named "Aleut" by Russian explorers).  David's ancestors are from Unimak, the easternmost island of the Aleutian Islands which extend westward from the Alaska mainland.  Like those before him, David and his family depended on the sea for their livelihood, fishing for salmon in the Bristol Bay waters. Influenced by the land, the sea and his people, his art reflects his culture, yet is contemporary in design.

David is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has won many awards for his imaginative clay masks and sculptures. His work is strong and powerful, full of depth and definition. David hand-builds each mask and figure, and paints them using variations of native designs of antiquity and ideas developed from stories and images of his own life. He decorates his masks with artifacts, as well as stones, driftwood, bones and shells he's collected along Alaskan rivers and beaches. Even rusted metal washed ashore becomes part of his work.  Each piece is unique, a free-flowing creation of stunning beauty and individuality.





"I enjoy all aspects of my art", David says.  "From the hand building with the clay, to exploring beaches for embellishments, to taking photos of the finished piece.  Beginning to end, it's all about discovery.  I find the entire process to be very exhilarating and gratifying."