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Peter Shelton, Jr. (1920-1992) Hoyesva - Wherever the Arrow Lands


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Peter Shelton, Jr., Hopi Pueblo is widely recognized as a fine artist and an important figure in the history of Hopi art.  He and his brother, Henry Shelton, began carving and painting at an early age.  Their art teacher was the master Fred Kabotie.  They led the way for superfine, one-piece carving.

 

After honorably serving in the U. S. Army during the Korean War, Peter was a graphic designer in Phoenix.  In the 1960s he was a jewelry designer for Hopicrafts with Bernard Dawahoya and Eldon James.

 

In the 1970s, Peter created a series of finely carved Katsina dolls.  He contributed to the development of a more realistic style with greater detail from fluted feathers and deeper textile folds to natural hands and fingernails.  Peter's masterpieces are preserved in the Smithsonian Institution and other major collections.  His Katsina dolls and paintings are rare and highly valued.

 

Biography from Hopi Katsina: 1,600 Artist Biographies by Gregory and Angie Yan Schaaf.

 

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