Acclaimed Native American artist Michelle Tsosie Sisneros created this original painting titled “Summer Clan Woman” inspired by the Pueblo koshare figure. In her contemporary work of acrylics on handmade paper, Sisnersos has composed a vibrant scene featuring an exuberant koshare figure in modern attire and the unexpected details that characterize her work. Koshares are traditional clown figures in Pueblo culture, serving as entertainers, tricksters and disciplinarians, often depicted with black and white stripes and carrying food. The painting comes elegant matted in a wood frame that has a distinctive marbled finish. An extraordinary work of art from a renowned painter, this original painting shows how traditional and contemporary themes can be paired to create unique, inspiring work.
- Original painting by Michelle Tsosie Sisneros (Santa Clara/Navajo/Laguna)
- Titled “Summer Clan Woman”
- Acrylics on handmade paper
- Framed painting measures 25-1/4” x 15-1/4”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros is a highly regarded contemporary artist of Santa Clara, Navajo and Laguna descent. She is primarily a painter but she also creates innovative handcrafted jewelry and pottery. Her painting style is abstract with some surrealist influences, yet her subjects are drawn from traditional Native American themes and include Pueblo women, Yeis, clowns, deer and landscapes. Sisneros’ painting process is extremely slow and deliberate. She begins with a sponge and acrylics, giving her work its signature mottled background, then carefully sketches and paints each figure with great detail. Finally, she embellishes each painting with additional elements, such as handprints, spirals, planets and a speckled finish that she creates with a toothbrush. In her life Sisneros has overcome great adversity, including alcoholism and an abusive husband, and she says of her work, “I paint now from my soul. The images I paint are from the people who touch my life in a profound way and the Mother Earth I live on.” Sisneros is also the illustrator of a children’s book, Kokopelli’s Gift, and has a line of greeting cards, bookmarks, magnets and Christmas ornaments, many of which are hand painted. She grew up in Window Rock, Arizona in the Navajo Nation but now lives in Santa Clara Pueblo.See Featured Artist Page
Many Native American artists working today are inspired by the interplay between traditional and contemporary styles. In their work they feel it is important to honor their history, heritage and culture, including the art forms and techniques passed down through generations of Pueblo families. By mixing and matching techniques, materials and themes that are contemporary and traditional, they create inspiring work that has made the modern Native American art world extremely vibrant.
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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