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Phillip J. Pursel

Kansas City, Mo / Ioway Tribal Member

Phillip J. Pursel was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and is an enrolled member of The Ioway Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska - Bear Clan. Self taught, Pursel has explored many different mediums including painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, traditional beadwork and moccasin making.


He is well traveled and has explored the Southwest where he was introduced to the Pueblo & Hopi way of life. He takes imagery & inspiration from Native cultures. In addition to art, he is interested in traditional agriculture and dry farming focusing on the three sisters, corn, beans and squash. In the near future he hopes to live with and learn from the Hopi.


Most of his recent work is inspired by oral history and stories from indigenous cultures from North America.

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