Bahe Whitethorne Jr.

Bahe Whitethorne, Jr., is a Navajo (Dine), and a member of the Blackstreak Wood People clan. Bahe was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ., where he has been influenced in art by comic books, graphic novels, children’s picture books, and a big inspiration from his father, Baje Whitethorne, Sr., a renowned Navajo artist.

In 1996, Bahe began an interest in computers and has been working in Computer Graphics for several years. He took his interest to a more professional level and began work with an independent publishing company. In 2002, he started working for Salina Bookshelf, Inc. and during that time, he has helped developed Navajo language brochures, catalogs, posters and calendars, but mainly Navajo language children’s picture books. With a sparked ambition from Northland Press, a local southwest publishing company, Bahe, as a kid, with his father, used to hang out with the staff as they would oversee the printing of several children’s picture books that were written and illustrated by Baje Whitethorne, Sr. Bahe continues printing with the same spirit to each new book.

As technology progressed Bahe became interested in more complex digital graphics, digital film, digital 3D animation, and digital 3D special effects. His new inspirations as a Digital Visual/Art Director is, Ryan Church, Concept Design Supervisor for “Stars Wars Ep.II and Ep.III,” Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller’s “Sin City,” and Zack Snyder/Frank Miller’s “300.” And with newer technologies Bahe is able to create stunning digital artwork with simulated media software and a digital pen tablet. This new form of digital tool is currently being embraced by Hollywood Films, Video Games, and Animation, as part of the Pre-production, and Post-prodoction of development.

With Salina Bookshelf, Inc., an Award-Winning Publishing Company, Bahe works on developing new manuscripts into visual elements for picture books, series books, animations, and, until recently, films. In 2008, Bahe has just begun his career in painting. Studying, watercolor and acrylics, under his father he currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Averian Chee

The beginnings of Averian Chee didn’t immediately influence his passion for art, as drawings as a young boy were a way of passing the time and sharing with his mother. His way of life most recently began as he became a father to a young boy, his newest and most prized student. influences of his own childhood have been well examined as he now raises his son, Hanoltseh Chee.

Observations of revisited imaginations and classic cartoons have become renowned relics in Averian’s life and have now encouraged him to explore his second quarter of his life. Readings of surrealist literature and lyrical weavings of Dylanesque tunes strike a chord nowadays for his honing talent as a painter, but it is his foundation as a Navajo that holds the greatest resonance.

Being born Dine has been the most important precursor to his identity as a young man. Averian introduces himself as being a part of the Towering House People and takes pride in the morals taught him by the elders that surrounded his upbringing. Mentors have also changed his perception of becoming unique in an always challenging artistic environment. He accredits his knowledge of painting and finding style with story, to them. It is with these broad occurrences that Averian has channeled his interpretations through painting. His dry brush strokes of layered color and impressionistic movement has evolved his work recently to become his own.
Now as Averian delves into grasping this newly found style, he hopes to achieve in creating paintings of a nostalgic yet transitioning nature using Reservation life as his subject. Remembrance, is what he strives to capture.

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This is from the black book of ARMZ, a public artist working worldwide to instill the existence of the human relationship with nature.

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This is Ziindi, an independent zine created to share art within the Indigenous community and youth.

Ziindi is an opportunity for the community to access Indigenous artists and their works. Together we affirm the richness of Indigenous arts and culture. Ziindi’s mission is to inspire the next generation.