Artist of the moment……..Benjamin Harjo

 

Benjamin Harjo Junior is a wonderful Native American artist who works in Pop Art style. Benjamin Harjo was born in Clovis, New Mexico in the year 1945.

The artist originally wanted to be a cartoonist. He was selling his cartoons locally whilst still in high school. He was excited to attend the Institute of American Indian Art to study animation. After enrolling he found out the institution had cancelled the animation program. Harjo remained there to study.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Harjo was drafted in the United States Army and served in Vietnam. After his military discharge the artist finished his B.F.A. degree at Oklahoma State University.

In this clip an interview with the artist and his alma mater of Oklahoma State University located in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Below we visit the studio of the artist and more works of Harjo are shown:

Harjo works in many mediums including oils, gouache, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink. The artist is also an avid printmaker.

Below a link to the website of Benjamin Harjo Jr. :

http://www.benjaminharjojr.com/

I enjoy the wonderful shapes and explosive color used by this artist. If you enjoy this mix of shapes and color be sure check out artist Oscar Howe.

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