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Untitled Serigraph of Three Leaping Deer

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Narciso Platero Abeyta (1918-1998) Ha So De - Fiercely Ascending
  • Category: Prints
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: serigraph
  • Size:
    13-1/2” x 20-1/4” image;
    21-½” x 28-¼ framed
  • Item # C4162P
  • Price: $650.00

Narciso Platero Abeyta (1918-1998) Ha So De was a Diné painter and silversmith who was born in Correo, New Mexico in 1920. He was also, among other things, a Golden Gloves boxer and one of the hundreds of Navajo Code Talkers who served in the Marines during World War II. Abeyta studied at the Santa Fe Indian School, and attended the University of New Mexico after his World War II service ended.  He and wife Sylvia Ann had seven children, many of whom-Tony AbeytaElizabeth Abeyta Rohrscheib and Pablita Abeyta-became notable artists themselves. He is highly revered by collectors of Native American paintings, and his works are included in numerous prestigious public and private collections.

Abeyta’s style is noticeably different from that of his early Santa fe Indian School contemporaries.  His work usually eschews fine details in favor of bold, expressive movements. His early works mostly focused on everyday Diné life—animals, women weaving, and the like—but differed greatly from similarly-themed works by his peers.  His unusual linework was a defining characteristic that began early in his career and continued throughout it.

Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured image or design. -Wikipedia

Artist Signature - Narciso Platero Abeyta (1918-1998) Ha So De - Fiercely AscendingThis untitled silkscreen, or “serigraph,” uses Abeyta’s strong colors and distinctly beautiful linework to create a simple image: three deer, bounding about the Navajo Reservation.  Abeyta’s unusual color choices (they’re blue, accented with red and white) lend the image a dreamlike feel that is typical of his paintings. In the center, the largest of the three deer leaps over a tall plant, which is rendered in the same colors as the animals.  In front of and behind this deer are two smaller ones, with long, thin legs bent at the knees. Their arrangement is simple, symmetrical, pleasantly rhythmic. This lovely serigraph is more accessible than many of Ha So De’s works, but every bit as unique. The image has just been framed with double acid-free matts and a brown wood frame.  It is ready to hang and enjoy.

 

Condition: this Untitled Serigraph of Three Leaping Deer is in excellent condition

Provenance: from the large collection of a Texas resident

Recommended Reading:

- Southwest Indian Painting: A Changing Art by Clara Lee Tanner

- American Indian Painting of the Southwest and Plains Areas by Dorothy Dunn

Note: when we say Diné, as opposed to Navaho or Navajo, we are referring to the people and not the government.  Since 1969, their government refers to itself as the Navajo Nation.

Close up view of the deer.

Narciso Platero Abeyta (1918-1998) Ha So De - Fiercely Ascending
  • Category: Prints
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: serigraph
  • Size:
    13-1/2” x 20-1/4” image;
    21-½” x 28-¼ framed
  • Item # C4162P
  • Price: $650.00

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