Which Artist Shares Your Birthday?
Benton's idiom was essentially political and rhetorical, the painterly equivalent of the country stump speeches that were a Benton family tradition. The artist vividly recalled accompanying his father, Maecenas E. Benton—a four-term U.S. congressman, on campaigns through rural Missouri.
Charles Willson Peale is best remembered for his monumental portraits of George Washington and other Revolutionary War--era figures, and for organizing and opening America’s first natural history and art museums in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Johnson Antonio started making what he calls "dolls" when he was around fifty years of age. He found a piece of cottonwood and carved a Navajo figure, which he gave to his youngest child as a toy.
Born in Armenia, Arshile Gorky (whose real name was Vosdanik Manoog Adoian) endured a childhood of hardship and family tragedy during the Turkish invasion of his country.
A collector of Southwest Indian artifacts and an amateur archaeologist, Vroman took his first trip to the Southwest in 1895, motivated by a desire to see the Hopi Snake Dance.
David Gilhooly states that his lowbrow humor makes his work accessible so that “even my most maiden old aunt or my most drugged-out cousin can get at the meaning of the work or at least experience it!” He studied at the University of California, where he worked as an assistant to Robert Arneson.
In the 1920s LaVerne Nelson Black lived briefly in Taos, where he studied and sketched the traditions of nomadic Indian tribes such as the Navajo and Apache. In the 1930s he moved to Phoenix, working as an illustrator and commercial artist.
"I enjoy the beauty of materials, not only the beauty of forms. I love to see the grain of the wood assert itself in its own right and become integrated in the representation.
In his eloquent fabric collages, Michael Olszewski communicates "intimate feelings prompted by people and circumstances." Using line, color, texture, and symbolic form, he expresses personal responses to such sorrowful human experiences as separation, aging, and death—and his own long strug
Helen Greyeyes traveled a precipitous road from her red-rock canyon home to the Shonto Trading Post in Arizona to sell rugs she skillfully wove on her hand-made loom.
Ira Sherman grew bored with biology and chemistry in college and began taking art classes as a way to escape the “rigidity of science.” He developed an early respect for the relationship between form and function from his father, who sold heavy machinery for metal fabrication.