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Artist Spotlight

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Billy Hensley

Chickasaw contemporary abstract artist, Billy Hensley, paints unusual and fascinating linear and abstract work. Standing on the foundation of the rich history his ancestors provided, his goal is to be part of a movement to help current Chickasaw artists gain a foothold in the global art community. He experiments with new techniques and incorporates his native culture in his paintings bringing history and tradition to the present. His paintings are also about letting his feelings come out rather than making statements. In addition to acrylic painting, Billy also works in mixed media. 

Billy has participated in numerous art shows and festivals and recently showed his work in the Virtual Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM) and in the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) virtual market. 

Read more about Billy, shop his original works of art, as well as prints, clothing and accessories at BillyHensley.com.

This year's online market and competition featured more than 120 First American artists.

Open from May 28 through Aug. 2, 2021, the online market had 15 categories of art available for purchase including painting, pottery, sculpture, beadwork, weaponry and more. Elite First American artists competed for Best in Show and Category and Judges’ Awards.

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Press Releases

07.27.2021

Willis leans into artistic purpose while recovering from COVID-19

Illness from COVID-19 has proved to be both a scourge and a renaissance for Chickasaw artist and former Chickasaw Nation employee Nicole Willis.
07.07.2021

Hometown historical society to honor Chickasaw artist

Acclaimed Chickasaw painter and sculptor Lance Straughn – one of many artists showing works at the Artesian Online Art Market – will be…
06.16.2021

Chickasaw Nation announces Artesian Online Art Market competition winners

Judges of the 2021 Artesian Online Art Market (AOAM) have finalized their decisions and announced winners for this year’s competition that are…
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