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Sheldon Starr

Meet the artist

Sheldon Starr
sheldon starr head shotSheldon Starr (Oglala Sioux Tribe) is most creative in abstract painting and graphic design. He is still in the early stages of other fine art mediums, but still strives for experience in all fine art forms. Graduating from Oglala Lakota College with a degree in graphic art (2020), Starr continues to utilize his graphic design experience in the freelance and commission-based fields, creating custom graphics, logos and text for clients. Sheldon shows his creative freedom through abstract paintings based on geometric subjects and the female form. Paying homage to the traditional Lakota geometric designs and the aesthetics of the 1980s, Sheldon produces creative pieces that are engulfed in vibrant, saturated colors.

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About his art

Sheldon explores the times of fine lines, sharp corners and geometric structures. Pastel, neon and saturated colors influence him to create the next piece and push his palette to be more intricate in the next artwork. He strives to incorporate the brightest and darkest colors throughout the entirety of his portfolio.


Traditional. Contemporary. Indigenous.
by Sheldon Starr

This piece relates to the phrase “We are still here.” Whether you consider yourself to be traditional, contemporary or both, all Indigenous people are indigenous. An encouragement piece to all fellow Indigenous, Native, and First Nations people who feel like they don’t belong to a community.

Mass Execution U.S. Champ by Sheldon Starr
Mass Execution U.S. Champ
by Sheldon Starr

This piece is to shed light on the largest mass execution in United States history that happened on Dec. 26, 1862. On this day, signed into order by Abraham Lincoln, the federal government hanged 38 Dakota men in Mankato, Minnesota.

Additional resources:
The Largest Mass Execution in U.S. History – Death Penalty Information Center
The Traumatic True History and Name List of the Dakota 38 – Indian Country Today

1868 Treaty by Sheldon Starr
1868
by Sheldon Starr

In early 1868 a conference was held in Fort Laramie. This resulted in a treaty with the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota to bring peace between them and European settlers, and included the tribe to settle on the reservation containing the Black Hills in South Dakota. Once gold was found in the Black Hills, miners requested protection from the US army. In 1877 the treaty was completely broken when this land was illegally “confiscated.” The dispute over the broken treaty has never been settled in the US legal court system.

Additional resources:
In 1868, Two Nations Made a Treaty, the U.S. Broke It and Plains Indian Tribes are Still Seeking Justice – Smithsonian Magazine
Sioux Treaty of 1868 – National Archives


About the digital artists’ cohort

We Are Still Here will re-center Native voices and stories in the Hennepin Theatre District and the Native American Cultural Corridor through the work of a Native artists’ cohort working in a variety of digital and analog media, leading to a large-scale public art project by fall 2020. All My Relations Arts and Hennepin Theatre Trust have committed to this multiyear partnership to weave Native culture back into Hennepin Avenue with temporary and permanent art that engages Native and non-Native people in a deeper sense of place and share future.

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