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“FLORESCENCE” carved of cottonwood root by David Draper, Navajo wood sculptor. 15.25 inches tall. $1600. Below follows his narrative about the work:
The time of singing butterflies during the season of florescence gives flowers their appearance, vines are in blossom and female rains will be approaching with fragrance and of new life along with songs and prayers to Father Sky and the Earth Mother. A palette of colorful symbols draw the elements in an internal collection of messages and presence.
The piece (10.75 inches high) shown above and at right is titled “Twilight”. David wrote about the work and the inspiration behind it:
The depiction of White Shell Woman and Changing Woman as one. She is the source of life and the giver of subsistence.
As the Earth Mother goes through seasonal changes from the growth of Spring and Summer to the harvests and Fall and the coming of Winter.
She is the symbol of female rain and represents the power of creations
Across Earth Mother’s robe, twilight ascends the Holy Deities into the night’s powerful prayers.
Recent work from one of the most promising new Native artists on the horizon: Craig George. Born in Ganado, Ariz., he studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and at the Kansas City Art Institute. His work incorporates elements of an inner-city upbringing in south Los Angeles combined with images of Navajo land. “The rich tradition of graffiti art is incorporated into much of my pieces,” Craig says, “while living on the rez gives me a wealth of material right in my backyard: night skies, ceremonies, music and landscape. I don’t take my gift for granted and put my heart and soul into each piece. As an artist I visualize and record things that are important to me and my culture. It’s my responsibility to carry on our traditions.” The collage measures 16 by 20 inches.$875. The reservation scene with a hogan is 12 by 16 inches and $800.
The abstract is by another exceptional young artist: Philip Vigil who you will be hearing more about - much more- in the coming years. 16 by 12 inches.
A monotype by Aaron Freeland. Image area” 12 by 12 inches. $240. Ryan Huna Smith (Mohave-Chemehuevi) created these thi india ink on acetate image. The line of yei’is with a hogan at right, is 11 by 14 inches. $150 Ryan illustrated the first volume of the first all-Indian superhero comic book: Tribal Force.
The last image, is by Apache artist Doug Miles, a man of considerable talent and depth and commitment. Google him: you’ll be knocked out by his work. 22 by 15 inches. $200.
My apologies for the glare on this lovely painting by Harrison Begay (1917-2012) of a grandmother being shown a weaving done by one of her granddaughters. Image area: 13 by 17 inches. $1600.
In the middle is a monotype by Navajo artist Aaron Freeland. Paper size: 22 by 15 inches. $200..
More on this highly unusual piece shortly! (TUCSON)
This pair of serigraphs was done around 1960, taken from an ink and water color by the remarkable regional artist Mac Schweitzer (non-Indian).. "Mac" stood for Mary Alice Cox and was the nickname by which this talented artist was known. This is, in my mind, the best representations of the Zuni Shalako ceremony. 43.5 by 16 inches. Currently available unframed.
Bert Seabourn is a non-Indian artist who has received much acclaim for his work. His awards and recognitions include:
1976 - Master Artist designation by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum
1981- Governor’s Arts Award from the Oklahoma Arts Council
1997 - Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
2009 - Paseo Arts Association Lifetime Achievement Award