Racer # 8
Delbert Buck is celebrated for his amusing, whimsical wooden figures of Navajo life – and life around him, Native or not. This piece is a characteristic response to a modern mode of transportation – the seemingly ubiquitous bicycle racer seen in our city streets and country roads.
All the painted details are colorful, elaborate, and actually realistic: The racer sports a helmet, goggles, knee- and elbow-pads, appropriate shoes, aerodynamic racing clothes – and a determined expression, too! His identifying number is on his back, within a decorative design.
His bike has a big red horn and a water bottle that almost matches his purple and green outfit. Hunched over in the serious biker’s pose, his gloved hands have a firm grip on the handlebars. And these are adorned with fringed buckskin, so this focused racer, whizzing around, might be a proud Native.
Good-natured humor, paired with decorative design and color, in a good size for display, make this another of this award-winning folk artist’s ever-delightful pieces.
What a terrific gift for a bicycle enthusiast! (Christmas? Valentine’s Day? Anniversary? Birthday? Father’s Day? (Just because?)