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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, February 19, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD hers ian with a sketch pad which five years ago f s that Indians can't ormer way-of-hfe, but re-adopt the old moral ication and respect for :rs says his paintings drawings his most n reflecting Indian meant to develop I do not carry a social because he likes went atomers are white and lucated Indian people in art "eciate the amount of t takes. adds there is also a directed towards oh1e to make it in the with the whites, that I reserve too long, be Bloods ens, and because few can sit and talk about aid Tailfeathers is in in the midst of bis family, his horses mgh, is of relatively to the reserve after 18 years as a struggling painter, commercial artist and draftsman in Calgary, it did not take Mr Tailfeathers long to get up to his neck in the politics of the reserve In 1964, he ran for, and won a seat on the Blood band council but the two year term convinced him he could not mix his art and politics So he turned his attention back to art a decision later justified as he received more and more recognition as a western artist His work has been featured in several shows held by the Glenbow Foundation in Calgary and 25 of his pieces were shown at an all-Indian exhibition in San Francisco in 1968. Mr Tailfeathers also received a major commission for a large mural for the Indian pavilion at Expo 67 Earning a living from art is difficult, he says, because the artist has to "be up" for each painting or drawing consistently turning out good work "Now that I am recognized, I have to live up to that he says. Much of his work has been done with pen-and ink, with a later addition of a watercolor wash and although the medium wasn't his choice, it did bring in the money. With pen-and-inks, he says, "I felt I was compromising what I wanted to do in order to make a living." But now, he feels himself established enough in the art world to at least work with the medium he wants. In a short time, Gerald Tailfeathers will switch to oils "staying with them and doing what I want Warrior 1969 Story by WARREN CARAGATA Art courtesy GLENBOW-ALBERTA INSTITUTE, Calgary ;