PO Box 29, Naytahwaush, MN 56566, us

(218) 902-0552

Estey Paintings

The contemporary art of Kent Estey

Artist Statement

Why I paint what i paint

Kent Estey is a proud member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, in Northwestern Minnesota. He and his wife Becky live and work on the White Earth Reservation where Kent teaches art, technology and robotics at the local charter school in Naytahwaush, Minnesota.


“I’ve always painted the land, sky and water. My wife and I live in the woods, and we are surrounded by the forest and the beautiful lakes of Northwestern Minnesota.  Inspiration is pretty much everywhere I look.  I consider myself a contemporary artist, with a special interest in sky and landscapes. My paintings are typically more nonrepresentational and abstract in nature. I love color of course, and texture. I use a variety of mediums in my paintings, including acrylic, oil, and inks. Some of my most recent painting feature stone, copper, and other metals. I am inspired by earth-tones with deep shades of blue, brown and red.   I am very proud of my Ojibwe heritage but viewers may find that my work doesn't necessarily represent or depict traditional Native American themes or icons. My inspiration comes from nature, and often times, my feelings and emotions are what's expressed on canvas and paper. That’s my way of capturing and celebrating my beautiful Ojibwe heritage. My favorite artist is George Morrison.  He's a Minnesota artist born and raised near the Grand Portage Reservation along Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota."


“I have never tried to prove that I was an Indian through my art,”  Morrison wrote. “Yet, there may remain deeply hidden some remote  suggestion of the rock whence I was hewn, the preoccupation of the  textural surface, the mystery of the structural and organic element, the  enigma of the horizon, or the color of the wind.”  -George Morrison


recent Exhibitions

  • The Wilder Foundation Solo Exhibit, St. Paul, MN  March-May, 2019.
  • Madwewe-It ss Heard- Miikanan Gallery Watermark Art Center- Jan-Mar 2019
  • Andy Morris Art Extension-Featured Online Artist- January 2019
  • NWICDC-Northwest Indian Community Development Center, Bemidji, Minnesota- May-June 2018
  • First Friday Art Walk-Northwest Indian Community Development Center, Bemidji, Minnesota- May, 2018
  • Aazhoomon Indigenous Art Exhibit-Watermark Art Center, Bemidji, Minnesota-December 2017-January 2018.
  • Andy Morris Art Extension-Online Group-Featured Artist February 2017