Louis Still Smoking, a Blackfeet artist, is currently working towards a studio art degree at Montana State University along with a minor in Native American Studies. Still Smoking got inspiration for his latest work through his research on A.I.M (American Indian Movement) activism, protesters, the distress flag, and the need to express historical figures through line and color. Still Smoking wanted to give awareness to their struggle to the next generation of protesters and activists. The oil painting took 2 1/2 months to paint and one day to install the entire piece at the Montana State University Art Building where it is currently located. The installation includes a 5 foot oil painting of Dennis Banks, painted red poles representing tipi poles in the shape of the distress flag, and free spelled backwards with white paper behind the red poles. To view more of artist Louis Still Smoking’s work, visit his website at www.stillsmokingart.com.
His painting is located at the Montana State University Art Building.