Pablita Velarde & Helen Hardin: Tradition & Innovation

January 29, 2016 until May 07, 2016

Pablita Velarde art show photoHelen Hardin art show photo

Pablita Velarde & Helen Hardin  

Tradition & Innovation


CLICK HERE for article on Pablita and Helen - Tradition & InnovationAdobe Gallery is proud to present this exhibit showcasing original paintings from two remarkable artists. Pablita Velarde (1918-2006) Tse Tsan - Golden Dawn and her daughter, Helen Hardin (1943-1984) Tsa-Sah-Wee-Eh - Little Standing Spruce. Although these two artists certainly had their differences, there is no denying that they share more than a few similarities. Not only in their artistic style, in which considerable comparisons are available, but also in their undying spirit and verve. They each had an ability to draw on the traditions and imagery of their culture while creating a unique and innovative style that makes each of them instantly recognizable. On display will be original works from both artists as well as books on each of them.

Pablita Velarde worked for years in the studio she built herself and primarily worked with pigments she made herself. Her mesmerizing art simultaneously honors a faithfulness to her people and culture while showcasing her own unique style.

The art of Helen Hardin expresses the dichotomy of her Indian and non-Indian upbringing. She manages to capture her native heritage while departing from the Studio style of her predecessors, including her mother, Pablita. 

The varied pieces of art in this collection match the wide range of styles that these two artists employed during their careers. From representational style paintings that depict Pueblo and employ traditional media like mineral earth and casein, to abstractions executed in acrylic with highly detailed backgrounds, this show should not be missed.  

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