Doug Coffin (Potawatomi/Creek) b. 1946
Doug Coffin is best known for his monumental, brightly painted steel and
mixed media sculptures. He has developed a style that suggests a fusion of the
ancient totemic form used by many Native cultures with the abstraction and
geometric forms of the modernist.
Coffin has been associated with the Santa Fe Indian art market since the
1970s. His use of bright colors and familiar icons of Indianess are directly as
a result of his Santa Fe experiences. He comes from a very well known and well
respected family in Lawrence, Kansas. His father was athletic director at
Haskell Indian College for many years. In fact, the newly built athletic center
is named after him. As a tribute to his father, Coffin constructed a totem which
was placed in front of the center.
His abstract totem poles blend the rich imagery of his Native American heritage
in an undeniably contemporary style. Coffin says, "I have always been fascinated
with the medicine and war shields that were often painted from visions. The
heart of my work continues to reflect their spiritual significance." His work
has been exhibited widely throughout the world, including the Grand Palais in
Paris and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
His private commissions can be found in diverse locations.
Coffin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas and
a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
He has taught art at numerous colleges and universities, including the
College of Santa Fe, Fort Wright College and the Institute of American Indian
Coffin lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.
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