Monument Valley(283 views)
Description: Signed silkscreen, hand numbered #5/100 in lower left. Signed in lower right. Southwest desert canyon views.
Condition Report: Excellent condition, clean, stored flat.
Notes: Diane O'LearyÊ(1935 - 2013) is known for stylized Indian domestic genre paintings, textiles, and fiber art. A member of the Comanche Indian tribe, O'Leary became a painter of subjects reflecting her Native American culture, especially the life of women.Ê She is also a printmaker and fiber artist.Ê She attended school in Fort Worth, Texas, and then went to schools at Texas Christian University and Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma where her family was located.Ê She was much influenced by Dick West, director of the college art department, and by Acee Blue Eagle, a Pawnee/Creek Indian painter whom she met while working as a program director at the local television station.Ê After Bacone College, O'Leary moved to California where she attended Stanford University, focusing on physics and Native American Studies.Ê An advisor told her that women were unlikely to have a career in physics, so O'Leary audited classes in physics and took an M.A. Degree in southwest archaeology.Ê She took another M.A. Degree from Harvard University. Having been denied an open door in a subject where she had talent and interest, she dedicated much future energy including art expression to issues about equality and dignity of women and appreciation of their potential.Ê For a period of time, she worked at Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico as part of the research for development of the Gulf Diving Bell, which was the first exploration equipment for underwater use. Then she moved to Taos, New Mexico and studied with Eric Gibberd and Emil Bisttram, a teacher devoted to abstract painting.Ê Occasionally she and these men visited Georgia O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch. Some of O'Leary's earliest painting subjects were images of the lives of Indian women pridefully going aboutÊdomestic tasks such as making fiber.Ê When O'Leary was in her early 30s, she began to have symptoms of dystonia, a neurological disease that caused tremors in head and hands.Ê In 1988, she gave up painting and turned exclusively to working with fiber.Ê(Biographic notes courtesy of askART).
Provenance: Long term holding from a private collection.
Dimensions: 19 x 30 inches
Artist or Maker: Diane O'LearyÊ(1935 - 2013)