Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn “Sunglasses” Inlaid Sculpture
These are an exceptional and unique buffalo horn sculpture by Kevin and Valerie Pourier. They are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation – Medicine Root District, just on the northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People. As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform. Each piece is hand-cut from buffalo horn, which is then carved and inlaid with stones. These “sunglasses” are made from buffalo horn and no, they are not meant to be worn. They are carved on the side and inlaid with sandstone and mother of pearl shell. The front is also carved and inlaid. The designs are inspired by the parfleche bags. Kevin has also made a metal mount for the glasses to stand as a sculpture. They are complex and quite charming in style. Kevin’s jewelry and sculpture can be found in museums throughout the US. He has won numerous awards for his work, including “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019. We are pleased to represent his work at our galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.