Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist
Authors: Charnell Havens and Vera Marie Badertscher
A new book, that is an authoritative biography of important Navajo artist Quincy Tahoma (1917-1956), with more than 260 color images, will be available from Adobe Gallery on or about May 1, 2011.
Pre-orders are being accepted. Additionally, Adobe Gallery is hosting a book signing event for the authors on August 18th, Thursday before Indian Market weekend. If you wish to pre-order, we can either ship the book immediately on arrival or hold it until August and have it autographed for you.
Native American artist Quincy Tahoma, a highly gifted Navajo painter, studied at the Santa Fe Indian School along with other well-regarded Indian artists such as Harrison Begay and Andy Tsihnahjinnie. Art teacher Dorothy Dunn encouraged her students to paint in a flat and decorative style specific to early 20th-century, studio-taught painting, but Tahoma incorporated more action and varied techniques in his work. The artist spent most of his life in Santa Fe, New Mexico, producing hundreds of paintings over two decades from the mid 1930s to 1956. Due in large measure to his premature death, Tahoma's contribution to Native American art, as well as the triumphs and tragedies in his life, have remained somewhat invisible to the generations that followed.
The authors, Charnell Havens and Vera Marie Badertscher, have spent more than a decade researching his life in preparation to write a book-length biography. They are also compiling a registry of Tahoma's paintings in order to document the development of his artwork, much of which has never before been viewed by the public.