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 Edward E, Jr Two Bulls  (1937 - )

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Lived/Active: South Dakota      Known for: Indian, animal-folk art

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The following was submitted in November of 2006 by Greg McCauley:
 
Edward Two Bulls, Oglala Sioux, was born January 24, 1937, at Red Shirt Table on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  He attended the Seventh Day Adventist Mission School, Red Shirt, South Dakota and Oglala Community School, Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
 
Edward Two Bulls is a self-taught artist who has been painting since the late 1950's.  He once stated, he had painted 15,000 paintings in his career.  His works capture the native American life, past and present and it's rich heritage.  He received the Honor of a Special Exhibition organized by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board's Sioux Indian Museum in December 1978 through January 1979.  The exhibit was the first comprehensive showing of paintings and sculpture by Edward Two Bulls and his sons. The brochures cover painting was titled Plains Warrior, 1977 Acrylic on canvas panel, 32" x 48" and was marked as one of the great Native American paintings of this century by the museum and its curator.  The detail of the warrior, his costume and feathers was life-like.
 
In 1967 Two Bulls exhibited his works at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; in 1968 at the Sears Vincent Price Gallery, Chicago IL.  In his career Two Bulls has exhibited his works throughout the country and painted at shows and fairs.  He received a commission from the Santee Sioux Tribe to paint murals depicting important historical tribal events. 
 
Two Bulls greatest pride was teaching art to native Americans at the Shannon County School in Pine Ridge. He was the Acting Director of art for the Lakota Village Youth Home, Hermosa, South Dakota. 
 

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Brochure by The U. S. Department of Interior, Indian Arts And Crafts Board, Sioux Indian Museum printed in 1978 for the exhibit of the artist's works. 
 

"Art to me means to express the old Indian culture and the life of the animals around, sometimes I sell some of the art I make, but most of the time I make it cause it's the only thing I will ever make to remember the ways and life around."  Ernie Two Bulls- his son, 1978.


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