"Even though he died decades ago, he is still one of our most popular artists today," said
Many believe his career was cut short before his prime, but his ability to capture motion and put it in his art work led to his success at a young age.
In honor of Tiger's life and art, the
"He spent a lot of time observing," Robinson said. "He focused on every day life."
Tiger submitted paintings to the
For the next five years Tiger's work would gain such prestigious honors as the All American Indian Days Grand Award in
Tiger attended an institute in
"He left there because he decided he knew how the body moved and how his muscles worked," Robinson said. "He went home and perfected his style."
In 1967, at the age of 26, Tiger died as a result of a handgun accident. He was survived by his wife, Peggy, and three children.
"He was just becoming world known, not just in the area," Robinson said.
Tiger's influence lives on today.
"He must have been 24 when I met him," Stroud said. "He brought a whole new movement to the art world with the way he painted."
Stroud said that prior to Tiger, Native art was two-dimensional, with no action.
"He would make the horses leap into the sky," Stroud said. "That was big."
Movements and emotion, perspective and shading were his influences she said.
"He was really instrumental in bringing movement and action."
Stroud said she recalled one of his first shows in the area at the "Old Calhoun store on
"It sold out in a matter of minutes," Stroud said.
Tiger went home and did more paintings and brought them back to sell, she said.
The largest collection of Tiger's work is at the
"Many artists come in and study his work," Robinson said.
The exhibit is on the second floor of the museum and will be on display until October.
If you go
WHAT: Jerome Tiger Exhibit.
WHEN: Today through October.
INFORMATION: (918) 683-1701.
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