Sun Kachina

Richard Gorman



This artist has a talent that bridges two worlds: his exquisitely detailed kachinas are the heritage of his Hopi mother (see Kachinas/Hopi); 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 meticulously detailed painting of a dancer portraying the Sun Kachina rewards the viewer with new discoveries at each viewing.

It is both scrupulously realistic and an individual artistic rendering.

The dancer has just emerged from the adobe kiva – sacred, secret underground space for spiritual activities – with the dawning sun behind him.

Everything – the bricks of the kiva, the wooden ladder that is the only way in or out, and the complex regalia of the dancer are all painted in scrupulous detail, and varying textures.

You can almost feel the cool breeze and sun-warmed air, and hear the distant drumbeats of the singers.

Cheery, yet reverent, and very decorative. this is matted and framed in archival materials.

It is ready to hang, or to place on an easel for tabletop or shelf.

Thanks to the framing materials, it will be safe from deterioration.

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