He won the highest accolade of Native art, when he was awarded “Best in Show” for his oil painting, “Trickster Ways”, at Santa Fe Indian Market a few years ago.
His personal style, innovative for a Native painter, has made him acclaimed around the world, with collectors in the United States, Europe and Asia.
His paintings hang in museums, as well as in private art collections.
This painting, like most of his work, is based on Navajo lore, as he absorbed it from the stories his family told him, when he was a child.
Sheldon’s signature, free and energetic brush work is notable in this portrait of a dancer.
Unusual palette choices result in a rich background and strikingly contrasting figure.
The artist’s mastery of his medium, and of human anatomy is evident in the abstracted, yet perfectly recognizable features.
Vigorous strokes form the kilt, the body, and the sunset-hued background.
Although the pose is squarely frontal, the figure is not confrontational, as some paintings are, but rather poignant; gentle, and even wistful.
This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire an appealing and colorful painting by this celebrated artist.
It is ready to hang, as is, or you may frame it, if you wish.