Summer Solstice

Type of art: Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography

This image represents the morning of the Summer Solstice, the day with the longest period of sunlight of the year. The sunrise is represented by the seven bands of 24K gold leaf. The Summer Solstice is recognized as one of the important celestial events of the year in the Native community.

Materials: Gamblin oils, 24K gold leaf, on ampersand claybord panel

Technique: Painting, 24K gold application

Size: 30" W x 30" H x 2" D

Price: $1,000
Gordon Coons
ABOUT GORDON COONS BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS Gordon Coons (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa/Ottawa) is a painter, printmaker and fumage artist. Largely self-taught, he paints in the Ojibwa Woodland style and creates fumage, smoke art, by burning cedar. He embellishes his fumage pieces with 24-karat gold leaf. He also prints with linoleum blocks and sculpts in stone and wood. Coons draws inspiration from his Anishinaabe heritage, and his bright color palette comes from his natural surroundings in the Great Lakes region. “I also enjoy incorporating playfulness in my images, telling stories of relationships between Western and Native cultures, and the connection we have to our shared historical events,” he says in his artist statement. Gordon Coons exhibits nationally, and his work is in permanent collections across the country. He regularly shows and wins awards at annual Native American art markets. More of his artwork can be seen online at
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