Presley LaFountain


1956               Born in Lynwood, California

Parents:         Alfred and Stella LaFountain

                        Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians; raised on the Turtle

Mountain Indian Reservation, Belcourt, North Dakota. Married with three children.


In 1986, at the 65th Annual Indian Market, Presley LaFountain received the

Wheelwright Museum Award in Santa Fe as the Most Promising Young Sculptor

and Carver. He had been carving sculptures for more than 12 years. Since 1986,

Presley has appeared in numerous shows and exhibitions and his work is

collected by patrons world-wide. He is able to effect deep emotions in all who

view his work due not only to his craftsmanship but also to his vision.





  "The influence of being part of the modern world and also being a

Native American Indian has been a source of strength that enables

me to keep my  own personal integrity and carve within myself. I want

people to be drawn to look at all sides, lured by the rhythm and the

feeling of the stone. I leave a lot to the imagination. I carve deliberately

without detail; I carve with shadows, using shadows as lines. I don't

want to carve just beautiful objects...

I want to carve a whole spectrum of emotions."

 Presley LaFountain - March 1990


Presley has exhibited his work with some of the most important Native American artists, including: Doug Hyde; Earl Biss; Woody Crumbo; Gordon VanWert; Harold Littlebird; Ben Nighthouse-Campbell; Elizabeth Abeyta; Henry Fenseca and John Nieto. This group has evolved into an influential school of artists taking their inspiration from the world-famous Native American sculptor - Alan Houser. They are revolutionary artists of the highest contemporary order who have moved beyond tradition with courage and a universal vision.


Photo with George & Joan Johnson great friends and collectors at Superstition Mountain in Arizona

Presley and his father

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