Jason Garcia 2009
Jason Garcia is a son of noted potters Gloria Garcia (Goldenrod) and John Garcia from the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico. Garcia’s early ceramics work focused primarily on figures and capturing Pueblo dances and activities in clay. Then, three years ago, Garcia began making clay tiles on which he painted Pueblo dancers in the traditional two-dimensional painting style of Santa Clara as way of giving form to his vision of the world around him. Garcia also started to create a series of tiles that placed local Saints in a contemporary context. While the paintings of the Pueblo dances were highly accurate in terms of costume and colors, his tiles of the Saints commented and critiqued on local events and current events. In 2003, Jason won his first major award, with a “Best of Division” at Santa Fe Indian Market for a set of his tiles depicting the Franciscan Saints. In 2004, he won the prestigious “Artist’s Choice Award” for a large tile depicting the Pueblo Revolt. Garcia was also commissioned by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, to make a “Pueblo Revolt” tile for their permanent collection. His new works are all painted with native clays slips on a native clay tile ranging in approach from the traditional to the contemporary.
Jason Garcia’s participation is being sponsored by King Galleries of Scottsdale, AZ.