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Description: Signed stone drawn lithograph, #35/80. Framed 34 x 26 inches.
Condition Report: A well preserved print. Rare.
Notes: R. C. Gorman ÊÊ(1932 - 2005) was born in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He lived in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Mexico. Gorman created a paragon of style in his works of abstract female Indian figure paintings and lithographs. R.C. Gorman became one of the Southwest's best known late 20th-century artists. His signature works were Navajo women in a variety of poses.Ê GormanÕs parents were Carl Nelson Gorman, artist, and Adella Katherine Brown. He abandoned the name "Rudolph" and signed his artwork with the initials R.C. His father, Carl, was one of the first Indian artists to depart from tradition and paint from his own personal expression, but R.C. seldom saw his father during his early childhood because he was away during the war, serving in the South Pacific as one of the Code Talkers, Navajos who used their language as secret code to foil the enemy. Women, particularly his maternal grandmother, were primary influences and remain the focus of most of his paintings and prints.Ê After a rich life of study and travel to Flagstaff, Taos, New Mexico, Mexico to work with Diego Rivera, and a stint in the Navy during the Korean War Gorman left the Navajo Reservation for good in 1962 for San Francisco where he had successful exhibitions of his work and earned the patronage of Charles and Ruth de Young Elkus, who encouraged young Indian talent. In 1964, he went to Taos, New Mexico, and shortly after had an exhibition there in the Manchester Gallery. He returned to San Francisco where he went through a period of doing surreal landscapes but made frequent trips to Taos.Ê He also had several joint exhibitions with his father, Carl Gorman, and in 1968 purchased the Manchester Gallery in Taos, renaming it the Navajo Gallery.Ê From then it was his studio and home. In the 1970s, he became a nationally known artist, and visitors to the Southwest were taking his work to all parts of the country.Ê He also opened a gallery in Tubac, Arizona, about 40 miles south of Tucson, and conducted numerous workshops. During that decade, he first experimented with lithography, studying with Jose Sanchez in Mexico City.Ê He did etchings, silkscreen, sculpture, and ceramics and also began his pastel, watercolor wash full-bodied Indian women that became his trademark.Ê (Biographic notes courtesy of askART).
Provenance: Long term holding from a private collection.
Dimensions: 30 x 22 inches
Artist or Maker: R. C. GormanÊÊ(1932 - 2005)
Exhibited: Numerous books have been published about the work of R.C. Gorman including retrospectives and books that focus specifically on lithographs.