"Native America," an acrylic on canvas by Marcus Cadman is on display at the Henderson Fine Arts Gallery at San Juan College in Farmington.
"Native America," an acrylic on canvas by Marcus Cadman is on display at the Henderson Fine Arts Gallery at San Juan College in Farmington. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Shiprock resident Marcus Cadman focuses on merging images of modern and traditional Navajo life.

Cadman is showing at San Juan College this month. The show, entitled "Game Changer: Contemporary Paintings and Sculptures of Marcus Cadman" held an opening reception Friday. The exhibit will continue through Jan. 31 at the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery.

The exhibit depicts modern Native American life.

Cadman, who is a member of the Navajo tribe and the Kickapoo tribe of the United States' Great Lakes region, uses a variety of media, including acrylics, watercolor, ink and graphite in his art. He also makes a variety of collages, which incorporate objects such as photographs, cloth, bingo sheets and pages from the Bible in the Diné language.

"I love the color, and I really love the focus on the Native American culture and how many beautiful things come out of it," said Cindy McNealy, the gallery's director.

In a press release from San Juan College, Cadman said his art is about depicting and chronicling Native American life.

His father was also an artist and helped him with his art, but, according the press release, it wasn't until Cadman read the books by Joseph Campell while attending college that he started to focus his art on the Native American society and spiritual aspects.

"Some of my paintings are my interpretations of history, fueled by personal feeling," Cadman said in the press release. "Others have to do with my experiences of growing up between American culture and Native Cultures. And yet, others portray free association that I conjure up."

IF YOU GO

What: Game Changer: Contemporary Paintings and Sculptures of Marcus Cadman

When: The exhibit is on display through Jan. 31.

Where: San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery, 4601 College Blvd., Farmington

More info: Call Cindy McNealy at 505-566-3464.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.