Terrance Guardipee (Last Gun) Terrance Guardipee is an internationally
acclaimed Blackfeet painter and ledger artist, consistently recognized for the traditional
depiction of his Blackfeet heritage and contemporary innovation demonstrated in his
artwork. Terrance was one of the first Native artists to revive the historical ledger art
tradition, and was the first ledger artist to transform the style from the single page custom
into his signature map collage concept. His map collage concept is based in the ledger
art style, but incorporates various antique documents such as maps, war rations, checks,
in addition to single page ledgers. Terrance utilizes authentic, original antique
documents in all of his artwork, dating from the mid-19th century, generally originating
from the historical and present Blackfeet homelands.
Terrance is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, and illustrates
his personal experience of Blackfeet culture in combination with his educational
experience in his artwork. Terrance was raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in northern
Montana, and as a result, the cultural life and history of the Blackfeet people became a
foundational part of Terrance’s identity. Terrance also continues to participate in the
traditional Blackfeet ceremonies often depicted in his artwork. Terrance’s understanding
and personal knowledge of authentic Blackfeet history and traditional culture is
expressed in his work. Terrance lived in Montana until he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he studied two-dimensional arts. His educational experience at IAIA enabled Terrance to incorporate the
contemporary color palate he is known for in a manner that is consistent with Blackfeet
tradition. Presently, Terrance resides in Issaquah, Washington.
The innovation Terrance has demonstrated in his artwork is recognized by
numerous museums, prominent Indian art markets, and private collectors alike.
Terrance’s work is featured in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions such
as the Smithsonian Institute, the Gene Autry Museum, the Hood Museum at Dartmouth
College, and the Museum of Natural History in Hanover, Germany. Terrance was the
featured artist at the National Museum of the American Indian in 2007, and was selected
to create an image for The Trail of Painted Ponies at the 2008 50th Anniversary Heard
Museum Indian Art Market. At the 2008 Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Terrance was
awarded first place in his category and best of division. In recognition of the ledger art
style, the Santa Fe Indian Art Market has established a category specifically for ledger
artists, and Terrance has placed first in this category numerous times since its
commencement in 2009. In 2021, Terrance’s artwork was featured on the cover of Native
American Art magazine.