artist QUINTON ANTONE Tohono O'odham Nation

Quinton Antone is a young talented Tohono O’odham/Kiowa silversmith living in the Tucson area. He was born and raised in Sells, Arizona on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. In Quinton’s work, you can see the influences of the other Tohono O’odham silversmiths who work in our area.

Quinton Antone grew up watching his uncle Duke Sine (Apache) create intricate paintings. He later learned techniques such as overlay, sawing, and polishing from Tohono O’odham silversmiths James Fendenheim and Rick Manuel. These Silversmiths encouraged him to continue, giving him permission to use their signature cactus motifs and other Tohono O’odham designs. Quinton’s work incorporates desert landscapes and animals, including horned toads, turtles, and lizards.

Quinton Antone uses the initials EQ as his hallmark on his jewelry. The letter E represents his beloved wife named Emma Jeffries, who has passed on in 2020. You can see that Quinton uses a variety of materials and original designs in his work.

His production is limited, and we are fortunate to have some of his pieces for sale in our inventory. Quinton is a proud member of Pictures only show so much, so we would encourage you to come down to our brick and mortar store to view, touch, and feel the beautiful work from the silversmiths we represent.

Through purchasing Quinton Antone’s jewelry, you are helping support this local Tucson resident of Tohono O’odham heritage.

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