This etching was executed at El Cerro Graphics in Los Lunas, New Mexico. It was started on April 19, 1980 and completed on May 30, 1980. It was handprinted by Ricardo Ximenes, whose chop mark is in lower right. The print shop’s chop mark is in lower left. The artist signature is in the lower right, and the edition number, 32/50, is in lower left. The image was printed on Arjomari paper in three colors on one press run using three plates. The image was drawn on plate 1 on a KPR-coated plate and established in ferric chloride etch. Colors are English red, burnt umber, and midnight blue. Plates 2 and 3 were copper plates cut into shapes and left un-inked. This etching is consigned to Shumakolowa Native Arts by Adobe Gallery of Santa Fe, NM.
- Original Copper Plate Aquatint Etching by Helen Hardin (Santa Clara Pueblo)
- Titled “Bountiful Mother”
- Image size: 16” x 18” Paper 20” x 22 ½”
- Framed measures: 28 ⅝” x 26 ⅛”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Helen Hardin (1943-1984) had only begun working with the etching process in 1980, making this etching one of her earliest. Sue Di Maio, an art dealer from California, Arizona, and Santa Fe, made it her mission to talk Helen Hardin into supplementing her acrylic painting with carefully controlled prints. She felt that Hardin could not keep up with the demand for her art if she only produced original paintings. At first, Hardin was not in agreement. She agreed to meet with Ricardo Ximenes of El Cerro Graphics for a primer in printmaking. Helen agreed to give printmaking a try. Fortunately, she loved it and collectors love her prints.
The Southwest is known for the beauty and drama of its landscapes, from red rock canyons and rolling deserts to expansive blue skies and shimmering sunsets. The Native Americans who have lived here for thousands of years have a deep connection to and respect for this natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Some of the most common nature-inspired designs and symbols are water, rain, clouds, corn, mountains, and animals. For Native Americans, nature is a gift from the Creator and in their unique, handcrafted works of art they celebrate this incredible gift.
For centuries the Pueblo people have created petroglyphs and pictographs 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.
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