2 HUMMINGBIRDS Prints By GERALD NAILOR Sr. NAVAHO ART SERIGRAPH NATIVE AMERICAN 2 HUMMINGBIRDS Prints By GERALD NAILOR Sr. NAVAHO ART - North American Rarities
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2 HUMMINGBIRDS Prints By GERALD NAILOR Sr. NAVAHO ART
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  • Title: Hummingbirds I & Hummingbirds II
  • Artist: Gerald Nailor Sr.
  • Age: 1951 & 1952
  • Image Size: 16" X 20"
  • Medium: silkscreen print
  • Frame: matted, unframed
  • Art Condition: Excellent
  • Signature: Signed on plate
  • Notes: Beautiful example of Navaho art of the early 1950's (see Bio)
  • Artist Bio.:

    Gerald Nailor: In general, American native art was largely ignored by the public during the first half of the twentieth century. It is not surprising that a highly skilled Navaho artist and designer such as Gerald Nailor would have examples of his art included in the Museum of the American Indian, Massachusetts, or in the Denver Art Museum, which also houses a large collection of Native art. What is of interest, however, is that such major institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the National Gallery, Washington, acquired and exhibited Nailor's art during his short lifetime. For an artist raised in inadequate mission schools this was quite an accomplishment.   In Navaho, Gerald Nailor's true name was Toh Yah or Walking by the River. After receiving scholarships for his art he attended both the Albuquerque and the Santa Fe Indian Schools. Nailor then studied under Dorothy Dunn, Kenneth Chapman and the Swedish muralist, Olaf Nordmark. Before long, he had received commissions for his murals in Arizona, Colorado and in Washington, DC. Nailor also became well known for his watercolours and silk-screen designs. In 1937, Nailor opened a Santa Fe studio with the artist, Allan Houser.   Besides receiving government commissions, Nailor also began designing silk-screen prints in collaboration with Tewa Enterprises. During this period, Tewa Enterprises, which had been co-founded by Harison Begay (White Cone, Arizona, Born, 1917), was one of a scant handful of publishing houses that existed solely to promote Native Arts. Their original silk-screens, such as this example, were never numbered in specific editions.   Hummingbirds is a major example of Nailor's now famous art. Based upon traditional Navaho design and form it is a masterpiece of line and colour. Completely printed and published by the Navaho community it represents a superb and original image of Navaho art from this period.

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