Turquoise Tortoise Art Gallery in Sedona Arizona - One of the finest Sedona Art Galleries featuring contemporary Native American and Southwestern art



In 2004, when the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian opened in Washington D.C. it was a Tony Abeyta painting that served as the official illustration of the new museum's opening. The specially commissioned mixed-media work on wood panels, called “Anthem,” is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. This commission alone was a prestigious accomplishment for an artist but it was not the first by Tony Abeyta: The widely successful Navajo artist had been commissioned six years earlier to create "The Four Directions" as the signature image of the groundbreaking.

W. Richard West, the museum’s founding director, has written of Abeyta’s work: “His art is never static or complacent and is, instead, fearless, always changing, always moving; constantly pushing to new places of artistic creativity and resolution.” Turquoise Tortoise Gallery’s owner, Peggy Lanning, still remembers the first time Tony Abeyta walked into her gallery nearly thirty years ago. “He was seventeen years old and . . . he laid all his work out right on the floor for me to take a look at. I’ve been representing him ever since.”

Tony Abeyta, who grew up in Gallup, New Mexico, began his artistic path early studying at Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts; he went on to study in France and Italy before receiving his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art; he then studied at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago before receiving his MFA from New York University. The work of Tony Abeyta combines vision and intuition with the colors and textures of his homeland; though his pieces draw on his Navajo (Diné) heritage, they have a universal feel. The artist finds it is often a combination of acrylic and oil paints, gold leafing, encaustic wax and collage elements that best translates his ideas onto canvas. He uses sand to build his paint into richly textured layers achieving a dramatic sculptural dimension.

“I want my work to reinforce the ideology of Indian religion, its strength, its beauty and semblance,” Tony Abeyta says. “I work to create an interpretation of deities translated through myself and given an identity devoid of their actual documented existence. . . . This system of ritual belief is the most important basis in Indian culture and ensures its infinite existence.” The distinctive work of Tony Abeyta is in constant transition. "Painting for me leaves no stone unturned within its context,” he says. “I experiment with images, techniques and mediums, translating paint into an image both personal and spiritual."

Tony Abeyta is the recipient of the 2012 New Mexico Governor’s Excellence in the Arts award; he is recognized as a Native Treasure by the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, NM. His work is included in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Boston Fine Arts Museum, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, as well as in many other public & private collections throughout North America, Europe and Japan.


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"Moth Triptych"
Charcoal, Ink on Hiromi Rice Paper, mounted on canvas
40" x 90"
each panel 40" x 30"

"Deer Dancer"
Mixed media
x 30"

"Mystery Canyon"
Oil on canvas
34" x 34"


"Songs of Cedar and Sage"
Mixed media and embossed copper frame
x 54" SOLD

"Flower Blossoms"
Mixed media with walnut frame
x 61"

"Storm Over Pueblo"
Oil on canvas
x 20" SOLD

"Describing the Journey"
Mixed media and copper frame
x 52" SOLD

"Single Standing Yeii"
Mixed media
x 24"

"Yei Mask, Red"
Mixed media and embossed frame
x 41" SOLD

"Bear Journey"
Mixed media
x 31 1/4"

"Warm Snow Messengers"
Mixed media and copper frame
x 20"  SOLD

"Storm Over Sedona"
Oil on canvas
x 16" SOLD

"Fire Healers"
Mixed media
x 72" SOLD

"Desert Morning"
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"

"Testosterone Flowers"
Mixed Media on canvas-mounted paper
39" x 31"

"Rain Totem"
Mixed media
72" x 22"

Mixed media on canvas
50" x 70"

"Fall Dancer"
Mixed media on canvas
26" x 24"

"Spirit Hunters"
Mixed Media on canvas
45" x 67"

"Single Yei on Red"
Acrylic on canvas
57" x 51"

"Black and Red Abstract"
Acrylic on canvas
22" x 55"

"Fire Singer"
Acrylic & oil on canvas
x 24"  SOLD

"Corn Pollen Dance"
Mixed Media on canvas
60" x 48" 

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