Hosteen Yellow's Grandbaby, 1991 Painting by Ray Swanson
Artist's Depiction of Navaho Children, Ray
Best known for his emotion-charged portrayal of
Native Americans, Ray Swanson is quoted as saying that he paints
them "pretty much the way I see them, but I see what other people
don't always see." The award-winning artist began painting the
Navajo on their reservations in the early 1960's, when his
imagination was captivated by the contrast between their
traditional vivid clothing and the vast, rugged landscape in which
they struggled to survive. His work is a tribute to the dignity and
independence of a people living in harmony with nature.
The project is documented with a book,
The Art of Ray Swanson: Celebrating People and Lifestyles, a magazine
article from Art of the West, and a reprint of a magazine
from Persimmon Hill.
Originally submitted by: John B. Shadegg, Representative (4th District).
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