Star Wars in Navajo
Andersen Kee (Voice) Obi-Wan Kenobi
Andersen Kee A child of the Navajo reservation, Anderson himself would make a great painting. Anderson Kee was born in 1959 to a mother who was a weaver and a father who dabbled in oil painting.
After high school Anderson was accepted into the prestigious IAIA. "I liked Santa Fe. We had a lot of fun and, the Institute was very good for me. They had a lot of good teachers and I learned a lot."
His early work was often narrative -- portraying scenes of buffalo hunts, Plains Indian camps, "action scenes," and landscapes. Slowly he shifted to dramatically lit chest-up portraits set against simple backgrounds.
Anderson's subjects seem ready to draw breath and step out from the canvas. Most of them come from his imagination, but occasionally he researches and paints little known historical figures. Even in his imaginative scenes, Anderson makes sure that every detail about his characters dress, hair, cultural accoutrements, and possessions are all true to life. "The hair has a lot to do with the look, he notes, "how long it was worn, how it was cut and dressed."
Beyond painting, his Silver Work is as beautiful, unique, and meticulous as his painting and is collected worldwide.
Andersen is also an actor and has appeared in several movies and series, In Plain Sight, Longmire, Gunslingers. the Lone Ranger and Tonto,and when Star Wars dubbed in Navajo language Andersen did the voice over for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Through Anderson's life and art, he carries for the living spark of those who went before and those who will follow.