Brother of internationally collected contemporary sand painter Joe Ben Jr., Darrel prefers to execute finely detailed traditional motifs. Son of a medicine man, he knows the authentic designs, but always alters some details so as to prevent wasting the power that the piece represents.This handsome figure is a detail, rather than a full sand painting. It shows a Yei, or spirit, surrounded by many feathers, which symbolize prayers. The hump back is supposed to contain the seeds that he will sow, ensuring a good harvest. It is executed in astounding detail. Look at the intricacy of the patterns in the hump, the body of the figure, his turquoise and coral necklace, etc.The colors are all mixed by hand, from hand-crushed stones: turquoise, terra cotta, ochre, jet and gypsum (the white). These are the five traditional colors and materials.The ochre and terra cotta come from different sandstones.This sand painting like all authentic ones, has been created by meticulously trickling the powdered colors through the (large) hand of the artist, in the traditional way – even the tiny dots and dashes. The quality of a sand painting is judged by how straight the lines are, and how precise is the design – as a whole, and within each element. Darrel is among the most highly respected sand painters, as is evident in this piece. This is professionally custom matted and framed, ready for hanging.To dust, just blow air gently over the piece. Do not rub!
Hand Ground Jet, Turquoise, Ochre, Terra Cotta, Gypsum; Custom Matting, Wood Frame
Image: 6″ W x 12″ H Width: 13″ Height: 18 1/2″ Depth: 1 1/2″