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Indian Archer on a Blue Horse

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Tony Da (1940-2008) Thun-Phoe-She (Sun Dew)
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: casein
  • Size:
    20” x 15” image;
    27-3/4” x 22-3/4” framed
  • Item # C3584A
  • Price: $10,000.00

Signature of Tony Da (1940-2008) - Anthony Edward Da

It is unlikely that there are any collectors of New Mexico Native art who are not familiar with the name Tony Da, the son of Popovi Da and grandson of Maria and Julian MartinezCharles King and Richard Spivey have published everything there is to know about Tony Da so there is no need for us to try and add to that in this description, except to say that he was a brilliant artistpainter and potter.

 

Tony’s earliest signed paintings appear to be from 1957.  His signature at that time had not developed into the graphic style he later adopted.  The signature on this painting is Anthony Da and it is dated ‘57, the year before he graduated from high school.  Below the signature is a cartouche or remark that appears to be a jewelry design.  Tony made some jewelry while still in high school so such an addition to his signature would not be unusual. 

 

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When Tony moved in to live with his grandmother, Maria Martinez, in 1966, his painting career came to an end for a time as he learned to make pottery.  He adapted to pottery making as easily as he had to easel painting.  Rarely did he return to easel painting after that, not until after his partial recovery from the severe accident in 1982, at which time he occasionally painted but never returned to pottery making.

 

This painting of a Native American practicing archery is so much in the style of other young Native artists, such as Quincy Tahoma, that one would not recognize it as the work of Tony Da.  Such an early example of his painting style, completed while still in high school, is an excellent chance to realize just how talented he was at such an early age.  He loved painting and pursued it vigorously as he later would pursue pottery making.

 

Condition: appears to be in very good condition with some possible minor fading of background paper color. Framed with archival materials and a dark brown wood frame.

 

Provenance: this Indian Archer on a Blue Horse is from the collection of a family in California

 

Reference and Recommended Reading: The Life and Art of Tony Da by Charles King and Richard Spivey, 2011.  

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Tony Da (1940-2008) Thun-Phoe-She (Sun Dew)
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: casein
  • Size:
    20” x 15” image;
    27-3/4” x 22-3/4” framed
  • Item # C3584A
  • Price: $10,000.00

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