This vivid painting from acclaimed Navajo artist Bennie "Yellowman" Nelson expresses the beauty an dignity of Plains Indian life.
Created with acrylics on canvas, the work is titled "Just Passing Through." It features a beautiful morning scene with bright blue sky and a row of tipis, and people in the act of securing the tipis to the ground. In the distance a young coyote watching the scene unfold.
With his dynamic use of color and remarkable attention to detail, Yellowman has created a moving and expressive work that beautifully conveys the quiet and peace of this time of day. A striking work from one of the finest painters working today, this elegant painting will bring tradition, beauty, and inspiration into your collection of fine art.
- Original painting by Yellowman (Navajo)
- Titled “Just Passing Through”
- Acrylics on canvas
- Painting measures 10” L x 8" W x 1-1/2" H
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Yellowman is a renowned Navajo artist who has been painting for more than 50 years. He comes from a family of weavers and beadworkers, and has been drawing and painting since he was a child.
He is most known for his moving acrylics and watercolors that celebrate Native beauty and convey a feeling of fierceness and strength. His wife is of Kiowa heritage and his paintings often depict scenes of Plains Indian life in stunning detail and color.
Yellowman is also known for powerful portraits of warriors. In addition to being a distinguished artist, Yellowman is also an active public speaker who speaks on topics related to Native American rights, traditions, history, and art.
Yellowman’s subjects are often inspired by his Navajo heritage, and include beautiful landscapes that depict the beauty of traditional Navajo life and beliefs.
The Navajo Nation encompasses land in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico with a population of more than 250,000. For the Navajo this is a holy land guarded by four sacred mountains, one standing at each of the four cardinal directions.
In his impressive works, Yellowman depicts scenes of everyday and ceremonial life that honor and celebrate the traditions, history, and way of life of Navajo people.
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.Read our Native American Sculpture and Painting Collector's Guide.
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