Leroy Janis

Artist Statement

As an artist I believe it is important to portray and visualize our hopes, visions, and dreams. A major influence in my work has always been my heritage as a member of the Lakota people, but I am also fascinated with the many great works of European artists. My way of working is meant to bridge the gap between these two artistic traditions, to create images of spiritual and naturalistic power and emotion.

Most recently I have been working towards a series of images that deal with the tragedies of the Wounded Knee Massacre. The works are a daunting task as the subject is deep and profoundly heart-breaking, yet I am compelled to preserve the memory and the history of Wounded Knee so that younger native artists and other artists in general can come to learn and understand what took place there.


Exhibited Works