Eagle Dancers Painting

Richard Gorman



This artist has a talent that bridges two worlds: his exquisitely detailed carvings are the heritage of his Hopi mother, and his paintings are his Navajo father’s legacy.

And if the name is familiar, yes, he is a relative of the late, great Navajo painter R.C. Gorman.

This lovely painting is a gouache – a solid watercolor – that depicts two Eagle Dancers in motion.

Eagles carry prayers up to the heavens, and these dancers are invoking the birds’ spirit to grant their prayers.

The elaborate eagle costumes of the dancers are painted in a sort of impressionistic style, yet the viewer’s eye fills in all the details.

The decorative outline of the dancers’ feathery costumes are the dramatic focus of the painting.

A creative touch is the lavender shadow that spills out from beneath each dancer.

You feel and see the sun shining down on them, and these shadows also bring the eye to the bottom of the picture.

There, a row of stylized eagle heads march across the lower edge.

Ingeniously, they are shaped like waves of water, suggesting the subject of the prayers.

The turquoise necks also point to water, great good luck in the high desert of both Hopi and Navajo lands.

Notice the small details, like the human hands that peek out from the dancer on the right, as well as hints of their faces, beneath the eagle headdresses.

Both wear concho belts, have tassels of red and green at the knees, and wear white ceremonial moccasins.

Archivally matted and framed, this is ready to hang and be admired, on your wall. Or, displayed on mantel, tabletop, desk, or shelf.

A handsome work of art that is both full of energy and tranquil, matching the spiritual mood of the subject.

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