Gerald Yellowhawk is a self-taught artist who was born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota, in a community along the Owl Creek at Green Grass. The eminence of his grandfather, Elk Head, the spiritual leader, has profoundly influenced his life.
The following images are representational of Yellowhawk's artwork. He was an inaugural artist in the first Gathering of People, Wind and Water in 2013 and was invited back for the second show on Saturday, July 19 at Main Street Square in the heart of downtown Rapid City.
Yellowhawk's traditional name is Eyapaha Wakan, a name which he has humbly carried in his life. The name means 'The Sacred Herald'. His friends call him Jerry.
"Defining art is an impossible task. We try but we only define ourselves. So we put down on canvas what has inspired us, and we hope that these dreams and visions will be an inspiration to you as you view them." -Gerald Yellowhawk