Portrait of a historic Native American leader. Based on a photograph from the late 19th century.
My portraits of American 'Indians' are for me like icons, place holders if you will. I feel it is relevant for me to draw (re-document) them, because of the perilous existence of many indigenous peoples in present time... Other ways of living and experiencing the world, languages and customs and traditional knowledge, under siege by encroaching alien mindsets and business interests. The big boot of 'civilisation' comes to either stamp them out of existence altogether, assimilate them by erasing their culture and killing their shared core identity, or else forcefully relocate them in order to protect an endangered animal they have coexisted with for thousands of years.
Charcoal and pastel on tinted Hahnemühle Ingres paper.
48 x 63 cm (19”x25”)
This drawing has been treated with several layers of quality fixative. For shipping it will be covered with a protective sheet and carefully rolled into a sturdy mailing tube. Clear instructions for unrolling and handling will be included.
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