This painting of a pair of Koosa clowns is the original art for the silkscreen prints that were made in the 1960s. It is one of the original paintings retained by Mrs. Balcomb, a Gallup gallery owner who contracted with Velarde for silkscreen prints of four works. It is signed in lower left and framed in the original frame selected by Pablita Velarde, who was from Santa Clara Pueblo. This painting is consigned to Shumakolowa Native Arts by Adobe Gallery of Santa Fe, NM.
- Original painting by Pablita Velarde (Santa Clara Pueblo)
- Titled “Pair of Koosa Clowns”
- Image size: 8” x 6”
- Framed painting measures: 12 ⅜” x 10 ⅜”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Pablita Velarde was also known as Tse Tsan (Golden Dawn). She was the daughter of Marianita Chavarria and Herman Velarde of Santa Clara. She was also the mother of Helen Hardin, an IPCC mural artist and accomplished artist in her own right. Velarde attended the Santa Fe Indian School in 1936 and became a teacher, lecturer, author, illustrator, and painter. She learned painting techniques at the Santa Fe Indian School, and dreamed of interpreting the traditions of her people through art. She overcame many obstacles and tried other pursuits, such as nursing and typing, before returning to the field she knew and loved. In addition to painting, she sculpted clay figurines and wrote an illustrated a book, Old Grandfather's Tales. Her work can be seen at Bandelier National Monument, the De Young Museum of San Francisco, many Southwestern galleries, and numerous private collections. In 1954 she was decorated by the French Government with the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
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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