A Native Superhero in Washington!

O’siyo. Artist Jeffrey Veregge is a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe located in Kingston WA, and he loves superheroes. Jeffrey uses traditional Native designs from the Pacific Northwest to create his unique characters.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Excerpt: Superheroes Meet Coast Salish Design Native Peoples Magazine

“By day, artist Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S’Klallam) is a graphic designer at a marketing agency in Poulsbo, Wash. But by night, he’s often etching superheroes and villains in drawings accented by traditional Native designs of the Pacific Northwest.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Veregge’s eye-catching work, much of it created in his free time, is the result of a common boyhood fascination with comic books and sci-fi, and his own creativity. He dedicated time to training at the Art Institute of Seattle, where he majored in industrial design, and with past mentor David Boxley (Tsimshian), a traditional Salish formline design artist and master carver in Metlakatla, Alaska. Now 39, Veregge has found his blend of sci-fi and Northwest Coast culture is helping him connect with a new, wider audience.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge.  Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Veregge’s work has been acquired by several institutions, including the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle and the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. He tells Native Peoples that he also will be creating exclusive merchandise this year for the EMP Store in Seattle.”

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

To view more of Jeffrey Veregge’s wonderful work visit his Website.

Kudos to Jeffrey and to all of the creative people who create beauty!

“The whole reason to do art is to tell a story. The themes don’t change; it is always good versus evil and right versus wrong. I’m just taking modern myths and doing what my ancestors would have done. I’m telling the tale through art that people can relate to.” ~Jeffrey Veregge~

 

Category: Native Comics