Arena Project: Southeast Vestibule “Legacy”
Jeffrey Veregge (born 1974) is a Native American Coast Salish artist known for his bold blend of Northwest Coast formline and pop-culture figures. Jeffrey loves comics, sci-fi and toys and expresses this through his art, the style of which he describes as “Salish geek.”
A lifelong fan of Star Trek and other science fiction, he combines ancient art traditions with modern day pop culture. Previous work has portrayed comic book heroes (Batman, Superman, Flash), and sci-fi movie icons (R2D2 and the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars, Xenomorphs from the Alien series) in ways they’ve never before been seen. His digital illustrations use common design elements of Coast Salish form-line — curved shapes known as ovoids, crescents, trigons and circles that incorporate negative space to create a silhouette — and adds an appealingly mod, cartoonish flair. Veregge has recently completed a series of comic book covers featuring Native American superheroes, for Marvel. He is also working on several other public art commissions in the Seattle region. His work has been featured at the Smithsonian Institution and many other places.
My origins are not supernatural, nor have they been enhanced by radioactive spiders. I am simply a Native American artist and writer whose creative mantra in best summed up with a word from my tribe’s own language as: “taʔčaʔx̣ʷéʔtəŋ”, which means “get into trouble”. A member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, I was raised and spent a majority of my life on our reservation known locally as Little Boston, which is located near Kingston, Washington. Although I am enrolled there, I am also both of Suquamish and Duwamish tribal ancestry. I currently live in Bremerton, WA. I am a honor graduate from the Art Institute of Seattle, and I have had the privilege to study with Tsimshian master carver David Boxley for a short time learning the basics of Salish form-line design.