Oscar B. Jacobson, a Swedish art professor at the University of Oklahoma sponsored them, but he did not want to overly teach them for fear he would effect their style. Instead he provided the place for them the flourish. Many of them were experienced dancers, or drummers and their art reflected this. These artists were using palettes and water color, which was a variation form the traditional native American style.
|Kiowa Five without Lois Smoky|
Spencer Asah was the son of a tribal medicine man. He grew up hearing tribal legends stories, which is reflected in his work. He was also an accomplished dancer.
Steven Mopopo was perhaps the most prolific of the Kiowa Five artists. He was the oldest of the group. He was observed drawing designs in sand, so was taught to draw on tanned skins in the tribal fashion. His art caught the eye of Jacobson and he was invited to be part of the group with four other tribal members.
Jack Hokeah was raised by his grandmother and was talented form a young age. He was conflicted between art and dance. In his later life he did artwork on pottery produced by Maria Martinez.
Monroe Tsatoke was also very talented. He was also a native singer. He was very prolific as an artist, but became sick and he died young.
|Steven Mopopo, Anadarko, Oklahoma Post Office|