Alvin Amason - Biography

Aleut artist Alvin Amason, originally from Kodiak. received his B.A. and M.A. in art from Central Washington University and his M.F.A. from Arizona State University. A former instructor at Navajo Community College in Arizona. He is currently director of Native Art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Amason's extensive exhibition record includes invitational shows in Arizona. Michigan. Oklahoma, Montana. and Washington. D.C.. and his work is in the collections of the U.S. National Collection of Fine Arts. the Nodjyllands Kunstmuseum in Denmark. the Indian Arts and Crafts Board in Washington. D.C., and all three major Alaskan museums. His important commissions include large mixed media works for the Federal Building in Anchorage and the Anchorage International Airport.

Amason's painting. which often incorporates sculptural elements attached or in relief, draws less upon the traditional imagery of his Native culture than on his affection for and understanding of the animals that he grew up hunting and observing with his grandfather, a hunting guide in Kodiak. Titles like "My heart goes boom, boom, boom," Every time I come here I'm seeing you," and "So Pretty to Me," accompany expressionistically painted images that are both good-natured and insightful.