Nytom – “he who walks around” – is the adult Indian name of the artist John Goodwin. He has his roots in Neah Bay, home of the Makah people in the northwestern corner of Washington State / USA. Nytom expresses his creativity in different mediums of west coast native art, including painting drums and cedar boxes, limited edition serigraphs, textile printing, jewelry, wood carving and glass etching. His work has been shown in galleries and sold to customers throughout the Northwest.
Nytom’s art is deeply rooted within the culture of his native American heritage. Every piece tells a story of its own and is based on a legend or on Nytom’s visions and dreams.
John Goodwin was born in Neah Bay, Washington, a small town located in the upper northwest corner of the United States and home to the Makah People. The Makah share a rich cultural heritage and John Goodwin was raised with a sense of being deeply rooted in his community. “With my art, I can give back to my people and help keep our culture alive and vibrant, ” says Goodwin. Goodwin started his creative path with painting dance robes, drums and steam bent cedar boxes.
“Be serious about your art”, Steve Brown, his friend and a well known artist told him, “and there will be a time when you will always be busy”. He proved to be right. To hone his skills as an artist, John Goodwin apprenticed under the renowned northwestern American Indian artist Art Thompson, learning more about west coast form line design. Soon, Goodwin started printing limited edition prints and selling them throughout the Northwest and Canada, signing with his adult Indian name, Nytom – “he who walks around”.
Nytom ventured further into the different mediums of west coast native art and started wood carving, glass etching and designing jewelry. His work has been shown in art galleries throughout North America. Currently, Nytom works on larger art pieces in glass and wood for commission. He has limited edition prints for sale as well.
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