This trifold painting by renowned Isleta/Laguna artist Gregg Analla incorporates traditional elements into a bold, modern work. Analla’s signature technique is mixing sand in his acrylic paints to give his canvases the unique grainy texture of ancient rock petroglyphs. The canvas also features a rich array of vibrant colors and an abstract avanyu design, a water serpent that the Pueblo people believe is the guardian of water. A dazzling representation of the interplay between traditional and contemporary that characterizes Analla’s work, this incredible painting is a valuable addition to your collection of fine art.
- Original painting by Gregg Analla (Isleta/Laguna)
- Titled “Avanyu Triptych”
- Acrylic and sand on canvas
- Painting measures 59-1/2” x 16”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Gregg Analla is a self-taught painter, sculptor and musician who blends traditional and contemporary elements in his art. His work pays homage to his ancestors while also looking toward the future. Analla is particularly known for his unique combination of acrylic and sand, which gives his canvases a rough texture and added dimension. He has closely studied ancient Native American petroglyphs and creating this signature rough surface on each of his paintings is a way of connecting with his ancestors. Analla has lectured at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian about Pueblo culture and was the former exhibition designer at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He believes in the importance of teaching and sharing Pueblo stories, songs and language with people around the world.
The avanyu is a water serpent that the Pueblo people consider to be the guardian of water. Depicted as a horned serpent with lightning emerging from its mouth, the avanyu is believed to live in the Rio Grande and its tributaries. The creature’s body typically looks like a rippling stream, and the lightning coming from its mouth signifies thunderstorms that bring rain. A common design in the Pueblo pottery, the avanyu represents the importance of water for the Pueblo people.
For centuries the Pueblo people have painted petroglyphs, depicting their relationship with the natural world. Fine art painting is a relatively new medium for Native American artists, first practiced in the early 20th century by young Pueblo artists who drew upon their traditions and Euro-American modernist painting. Pueblo painting has become a vibrant and innovative art form that often depicts contemporary subjects and reaches new audiences.Read our Native American Sculpture and Painting Collector's Guide.
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