Abstract Painting

The Quiet Land, the Warm Land, ca. 1965

Artist Linda Lomahaftewa (Dawavenka)
(Hopi/Choctaw, 1947 - present)
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 37.25” x 48.125”


Linda Lomahaftewa was among the first students who enrolled in IAIA in 1962 when the school opened. She then went on to earn a BFA and then a MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1971. She maintained a career as a painter while also teaching at California State College, Sonoma, and University of California Berkeley, from 1974 to 1976. During her initial training at IAIA, Lomhaftewa experimented with Color Field painting exploring atmospheric depth, as seen in The Quiet Land, the Warm Land, while also working with symbolic abstraction as in Untiled (Spirals and Lines). Later her work transitioned into multi-layered monotype or silkscreen compositions, often incorporating abstracted cosmological references tied to her homelands and travels. Her art is in private and public collections including the Heard Museum, Phoenix Arizona, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, Oklahoma; and the University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada.