Ric Gendon’s paintings bespeak a life lived within the contested narratives of the American West. “The songs, lyrics, stories and poetry of the downtrodden, homeless, poor, maimed, starving people have always played an important role in my work,” he says. An enrolled member of the Arrow Lakes Band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville, Gendron’s unflinching, expressionistic work chronicles a life in full—experience, history, heritage, identity, memory—in ways both thought-provoking and unexpected. 


Gendron studied art at Cornish College in Seattle and Eastern Washington University; his work has shown in museums throughout the United States.