Bill Brien x Teton Trade Cloth Collection
Bill Brien is a Lakota, Dakotah, Chippewa, Metis artist. Brien is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota. Brien is also from the Spirit Lake Nation also in North Dakota.
Brien graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, in 2011 with a degree in history with minors in philosophy and geography. Since 2011, Brien has resided in the city of Bismarck, ND.
In 2016, Brien found his love and passion for art because of his wife, Geri. Geri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In early 2015 Geri was cancer free but by the end of 2015 the cancer had returned and spread.
Brien is a self taught artist. He calls himself "a digital cell phone artist." His chosen medium is digital art, using his cell phone as his canvas to create all his work.
Brien’s art has been displayed around various North Dakota art galleries: Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative, Gallery 4 in Fargo, ND and the Red Door Art Gallery in Whapeton, ND.
Brien had a piece in the 2019 Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island Art Exhibit at the All My Relations Art Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.
Brien participated in the 2020 Online Heard Museum Indian Art Market.
Brien recently was awarded first place in the category he entered at the 2021 Red Earth Festival Juried Art Show in Shawnee, OK.
Brien created the award for Recovery Reinvented 2021, an initiative created by the First Lady of North Dakota, Kathryn Bergum.
Brien’s work can also be seen at area pow-wow's during the summer months.
The highlight of Brien’s art career is being recognized by the Bismarck Cancer Center at its annual Hope Giver’s Extraordinaire Banquet. Brien was recognized for donations made to the Bismarck Cancer Center from art sales in honor of his late wife, Geri. Geri made her Heavenly journey May 1, 2018, after a four-year battle with breast cancer.
Find original pieces from Bill at his website or on Instagram.