Native American Artist Mitch Battese utilizes wildlife and native spirituality to promote American Indian fine arts. Bison, mustangs, deer, eagles and other wildlife is often his subject.
In 2009, the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian issued a press release dated November 20, 2009, listing Mitch Battese (among others) as one "of the finest Native artists working today..."
Mitch Battese has compiled one hundred of his favorite paintings and shares his thoughts and visions on how many of these fine works of art began. Also included are several personal stories that gave rise to the various moods, colors and motivations for some of these works of art. The movement, the color, the composition and the figures displayed in these works of art represent visions and colorful expressions of the west.
Growing up on various Indian reservations in west, Mitch was exposed to the majesty and beauty that is often overlooked on reservations. Beyond the communities, beyond the long lonely stretches of highway, and even beyond the dusty trails, lives an American western landscape that still begs discovery. Examining and crisscrossing cultural boundaries and illustrating stories of sacred sites, Mitch challenges the viewer to step out of his or her comfort zone and travel the United States and Canada through visions of art.
In "One Hundred Paintings," Mitch finds these treasures and brings them alive with bright colors and intricately woven images of landscapes and visions.
Mitch Battese, began his artistic career early, often competing in local shows and competitions in Oklahoma. Mitch attended boarding school at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Pine Ridge South Dakota High School graduate, he attended Bacone College in Oklahoma and studied under noted Native Artist “Chief” Terry Saul, a former leader in the Choctaw tribe of Oklahoma. Mitch received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and a Master’s degree from the University of Utah. He has shown and entered art competitions in the Annual National Parks Service Art Competition, the Santa Fe Indian Art Market, and the wholesale Indian Art Market in Mesa, Arizona which is sponsored by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. He has also exhibited his work at the Crazy Horse Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In 2008 Mitch provided the art work for the U.S. Indian Health Service Elders Conference.