(Master Navajo Painter Robert) Yellowhair in da Hizzle!
John ShoreBesides here on Crosswalk, John blogs on JohnShore.com.
- 2009 Jun 11
You swooned at my gorgeous, thrift-store-purchased painting by the great Argentinian Alejandro Lucas Debonis. You marveled at my ultra-thrifty Peruvian wonderland. You worried about What Did 50's Kids Think of This Toy? You were minimal help figuring out what this thing is.
And now comes this! The above original painting by contemporary Navajo master artist Robert Yellowhair was found amongst a bunch of stuff donated to one of the thrift stores run by Community Resource Center, in Encinitas, CA, where my wife Catherine works. It's big (three feet by two feet, not counting the frame). It's bold. It's sooooo beautiful.
I'm looking at it right now. The colors and details are ... well, why Yellowhair is so famous, for one. What makes it so arresting is that the Kachina is no doll. He's a real person, with arm and stomach muscles. So it's ... magical, that way.
Here's a little bio-bit about Robert Yellowhair: "Born in 1937 in Na-ah-Tee canyon, north of Holbrook, Arizona, Robert Yellowhair is considered one of the Navajo nation's finest painters. His award-winning work is featured in many fine southwestern galleries, and one of his pieces can found in the White House."
So. Buy this painting right now. We need to sell it for anything near what it's worth. Community Resource Center helps victims of domestic violence---and they need money, because California is so broke that instead of guns the cops here are now carrying tin cups. So their funding's gone hasta la vista, baby.
Seriously: If you can help us sell this painting, do! If you can even help us figure out what it's worth, do. (Given what I've learned about it via web research, I think a won't-have-any-trouble-selling-it price is $800.00; a gallery would probably ask $1,500 for it, for sure. If I'm correctly understanding what I've read.) If you know anyone into this sort of work, please point 'em our way.
But anyway, can you believe the stuff people think is junk?