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Release Date: June 21, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Tyson Hudson is a full-time artist, passionate about painting. Hudson resides in his hometown, Davis, Oklahoma, where he finds inspiration in nature and wildlife for his work.

June 25, Hudson, a Chickasaw citizen, will participate in the first in-person Artesian Arts Festival since 2019. Each year, the festival celebrates all artistic mediums, giving First American artists a venue for their art and a chance to sell their pieces.

“This is the only thing in southern Oklahoma quite like this. It feels great to display your artwork to the public while representing the Chickasaw Nation. It’s a sense of accomplishment,” Hudson said. “It’s fun to be involved in the local community of artists.”

The prolific artist also dabbles in drawing and photography but is most known for his richly colorful paintings.

“My paintings are inspired by the style of Jean-Michel Basquiat. My emotions show up in the color pallet. Bright blues and reds are popular with me right now,” Hudson said. “I fuse my First American culture into the paintings with Chickasaw symbolism. Painting nature and animals is a way of feeling connected to the land and my past.”

Hudson creates warm, vibrant portraits. He describes his work as representational. Mood is easily accessible in his portraits’ expressions.

He received his bachelor’s in fine arts from Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he studied studio art and graphic design. He took an interest in painting as a child. He loved cartoon art style and had an active imagination. He jumped back into it in college, pushing himself out of his comfort zone until he fell in love with various mediums.

“It can be a struggle, for sure, as an artist, but it becomes your obsession. I paint every week and am constantly looking at the work of other artists. The reward is always worth it in the end,” Hudson said. “You just have to do a little at a time. You don’t have to finish a painting in a day or a week. Even if you can only get a little done in a day, that will get you closer to your reward.”

Hudson said he has been grateful for the creation of the Artesian Online Art Market that began as a way to continue the Artesian Arts Festival in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online market will continue this year as well.

“The hardest part of being an artist is getting your work out there,” he said. “I am grateful for the online market opportunity. It gives us exposure and a platform open to everyone.”

Outside of painting, Hudson can be found out in nature, hiking trails and listening to hip hop or R&B.

“I paint in my room. It is where I can be comfortable and at ease before I start painting. But I can find inspiration out in the world.

“I have found support from so many people. I want to thank my family, friends and everyone who donates to art events that keep artists painting and finding venues to display our work,” Hudson said.

“This pandemic has been hard for everyone, including artists, and I am so thankful to the Chickasaw Nation for keeping us creating and showing our art throughout it. It is such a pleasure working with them.”

About Artesian Arts Festival

Hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, the Artesian Arts Festival is a celebration of all art expressions. The family-friendly event June 25 features diverse art media created by esteemed Chickasaw artists, showcased at the Artesian Plaza, 1001 W. First St., in downtown Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Open to the public at no cost, the Artesian Arts Festival welcomed more than 11,000 visitors in 2019, the most recent in-person festival. The Artesian Online Art Market was launched in 2020 and 2021 and will also be available this year.

For more information, visit ArtesianArtsFestival.com, call (580) 272-5525 or email ArtistInfo@Chickasaw.net.