George Flett


George Flett was a member of the Spokane Tribe, and learned much about his Indian heritage from his mother including tribal lore and traditional art forms. Graduating from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe NM in 1966, Flett went on to study at the University of Colorado and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. Flett worked as a full-time artist from 1983 until his passing in 2013. He created work in several media that reflected his Native background — including several representations of the colorful Prairie Chicken Dance — and his former rodeo experience as a champion bull rider. He was well-known for his ledger style artworks. Flett’s work can be seen in the permanent collections of Institute of Native American Indian Arts (IAIA), Santa Fe; the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane; Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, Montana; and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, among others. He lived and worked near Wellpinit, Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation.