Prodigiously gifted, Sheldon’s many awards include Best in Show at Santa Fe Indian Market – the Nobel prize of Native art. His talents include painting (with work in museums as well as private collections) and sculpture; his masks combine the two. Mainly inspired by the spirituality of Diné culture, his work reflects memories of stories told by his grandfather, but does not portray actual, traditional figures.
Painted in happy colors, gold and turquoise primarily, are traditional symbols of sun, sky and water. Accents of coral and green refer to the earth and crops. However, the exuberant application of paint is expressionistic and contemporary. With the jutting wooden “feathers” and round holes representing eyes and mouth, this is an abstraction of a Yei – a Navajo Spirit – but in a personal, creative way.
Vibrant, rustic, abstract, and modern, this is a wall piece to animate your home by a highly honored artist. All ready to hang and be admired.