Local ledger artist George Flett, right, explains the story behind the ledger art a couple purchased while at an exhibit of Flett’s work held at Tinman Gallery in Spokane in January 2008. Flett has become nationally recognized for his work and had recently published a book entitled “George Flett:Ledger Art.”
American Indian artist George Flett, of the Spokane Tribe, traces the outline of a Prairie Chicken Dancer on a strip of ledger paper fixed on canvas at his studio in Wellpinit, Wash., in June 2007. Flett, who died Wednesday, was one of a growing number of artists who are continuing the tradition of ledger art as a historical record of the Native American people.
George Flett points out the raised canvas detail he included on his mixed media ledger art piece at his studio on the Spokane Reservation in Wellpinit, Wash., June 26, 2007.
Courtesy of George Flett photo
The work of ledger artist George Flett. Ledger art is a traditional Indian art form, which began when Plains Indian warriors obtained ledgers through trade or by force, and drew upon them pictographic representations of sacred visions and heroic actions.
“At the Parade” by George Flett. Gouache, color pencil on North American Light & Power Company 1921 stock certificate.