Pappan (Osage/ Kaw/Cheyenne River Sioux/Mixed European), with roots stemming from the Lowbrow art movement, combines contemporary culture with historical ledger drawings. His deft portraiture plays with traditional methods of depiction, freely exaggerating, doubling, and distorting imagery
Pappan has lived in Chicago for over 20 years with his wife, the artist Debra Yepa-Pappan, and their daughter Ji Hae. Pappan was recently selected for an arts and cultural exchange with the Yolngu people of Northern Australia, as a Landmarks Fellowship project through the Tamarind Institute of Lithography. He is also the winner of the prestigious Discovery Fellowship from the Southwestern Association of Indian Artists (SWAIA) and has been collected by The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, North American Native Museum in Zurich Switzerland, and Spencer Museum of Art.
Pappan is currently showing at the Field Museum in Chicago with his exhibition titled, Drawing on Tradition, and this spring will be showing at the Abbe Museum of the Wabanaki Nation in Maine. Pappan’s exhibition at MAM is generously supported by the Warhol Foundation.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website