James Lavadour

Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts 2019

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James Lavadour Photo: Harold Hutchinson


Painting and printmaking


Practicing artist 


A self-taught artist, Lavadour learned his art through endless walking, looking, hearing and feeling the natural world around him; from music, reading art magazines and, most of all, from the act of painting itself. His work is deeply rooted in the landscape of Eastern Oregon, daily hiking the ceded boundaries of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation where he lives. He has been making artwork and exhibiting for more than four decades, regionally and nationally. Fine art publications and national newspapers that have chronicled his career include ARTFORUM, New York Times, Seattle Times, Indian Country Today, Art in America, Art Reviews and ArtWeek. One of his greatest accomplishments is his dedication to Native American and indigenous artists with his founding and continual leadership of Crows Shadow Institute of the Arts located on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon. One hundred percent of proceeds from Lavadour’s prints sold by Crow’s Shadow are donated back to support of CSIA’s ongoing operations and programming. He is represented by PDX CONTEMPORARY ART.

Artist Quote:

“My art education came from the land, having hiked the Umatilla Reservation and endlessly examined the properties of paint. The erosion, sedimentation, flow and hydrology that shape the land are the same as what happens in paint. There are mountains and rivers in a wet brush stroke. The land and I are one.”


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