Spencer Keeton Cunningham (1983- ) “Mexico/Estados Unidos”, acrylic on canvas, 73 x 73 inches, 2015. Signed and titled on the reverse.
Spencer Keeton Cunningham grew up in Portland, Oregon. He is from the Colville Tribe which is one of 12 tribes of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation in Northeastern Washington. His blood quantum is 1/4th and he affiliates himself as mixed Native and European heritage. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute.
Cunningham has exhibited his works at the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, and at the Wenying Highland Art Museum in Guangzhou, China. In 2015, Cunningham presented a retrospective of his work at Heron Arts, “Farewell San Francisco: A 12 Year Retrospective”, in San Francisco.
He has travelled and painted murals in Mexico, New Zealand, Japan, China, Tasmania, Australia, Cuba, The Netherlands, Canada (British Columbia and the Yukon), Hong Kong, Argentina, and various cities throughout the United States.
There is a simple mark-making element in Cunningham’s work, Lascaux-like, yet seemingly very modern. Cunningham utilizes a Keith Haring-esque line, an obvious homage, and cartoony renderings suggesting childhood influences.