Posts Tagged ‘new mexico’

Artist of the moment…….Margarete Bagshaw




Margarete Bagshaw was an American artist renown for her modernist interpretations of Native Art. Margarete Bagshaw was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the year 1964.

Her mother was Helen Hardin and her grandmother was also a famous artist, Pablita Velerde. Three generations of professional artists came from his family! I have already created posts for her mother and grandmother.

Margarete Bagshaw didn’t start to create her own artwork until she was in her mid- twenties.

For a few years the artist was based out of the U.S. Virgin Islands.


In this clip a work featuring a female pharaoh:


Sadly Margarete Bagshaw passed away in March of 2015 at the age of 50. She had a brain tumor and recently had a stroke.

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Below a great selection of works by Bagshaw:

Margarete Bagshaw was an awesome artist, creating her own voice despite coming from a family with such an artistic tradition. Its so sad that she passed away at such a young age.



Artist of the moment………Wood carving master Luis Tapia



Luis Tapia is a contemporary artist that uses wood carvings to keep alive the “Latino” traditions of the southwest United States. Luis Tapia was born in Sante Fe, New Mexico in the year 1950.

Tapia attended New Mexico state for a brief period of time. Tapia learned about art and developed his own style by working in the business of refurbishing and restoring old furniture and antiques.

Luis Tapia has won many awards including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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In this clip we view many of the artists working in a similar style. The work of Luis Tapia is shown at 1:20 into the clip. A wonderful car that has many faces on it perhaps celebrating the day of the dead:

What a great artist to look at on this Sunday. I enjoy his religious works, but I am most impressed with works like the automobile which make a commentary on modern Latino culture.



Artist of the moment…….Helen Hardin


Helen Hardin was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the year 1943. Hardin worked with the figure but used geometric shapes in her compositions. Her subject matter included the daily activities found in her daily life painted in a very modern style. Her mother was a famous painter named Pablita Velarde.

Hardin attended the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico.

Hardin was also part of PBS series that focused on American Indian artists. This series took place in the mid 1970s.

Her mother didn’t like her style as a painter as she felt in wasn’t traditional enough. In fact that is what maker her work so great! Hardin was able to take a traditional subject like corn or a kachina dancer, and give it her own modernist twist.

Hardin’s Indian name meant Little Standing Spruce.

In this clip a great interview with the artist:

Hardin is associated with the Santa Clara Pueblo Native Americans.

Price range information: Sorry none available. Hardin worked mainly in acrylics sometimes using nearly 30 layers of paint in her artwork.

Hardin passed away in 1984 after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1981.

In this clip a brief biography and some works are shown:

What a great mother daughter team of artists! Her mother will be profiled next!



Artist of the moment…….Bud Latven

Bud Latven creates wonderful abstract works using wood as his medium. Bud Latven was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1949.

The artist moved to New Mexico in the early 1970s and found work making cabinets and furniture. After a brief period of two years working for someone else, Latven went on to open up his own studio. Latven found commercial success selling his furniture.

During the 1980s some experiments led him to try working with the lathe. Latven soon started working in the open vessel and abstract style he is now famous for.

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In this clip we view works using wood by Bud Latven as well as other fascinating artists working with wood:

What a spectacular artist!

Artist of the moment…….Harrison Begay


Harrison Begay was one of most world renown Native American artists of all time. Harrison Begay was born in White Cone, Arizona in the year 1917. Begay painted many scenes of the typical Native American lifestyle including dancing, creating blankets, and cooking. Begay was a prolific artist producing many prints and silkscreens.

As a youngster he was a sheep herder.

For his artistic education Begay attended the Sante Fe Indian School.

The artist was able to live from his artwork from 1947 to his death in 2012.

Begay  worked with watercolor and gouache on board for more works.

Harrison Begay is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $400 to $4,000.



Artist of the moment……..Margaret Tafoya


Margaret Tafoya was a ceramics and pottery artist who was in the same league as Maria Martinez when it comes to the art of pottery. Tafoya works in red clay and also the black clay works we associate with Maria Martinez. Margaret Tafoya was born in Santa Clara, Pueblo, New Mexico in the year 1924.

Like many other families profiled here, Margaret Tafoya learned the craft of pottery from her parents. Her mother, Serafina Tafoya was a legendary master of pottery. Serafina lived from 1864 to 1949. Below an example of style.

In this clip some works by Margaret Tafoya are discussed in further detail:

Margaret Tafoya passed away in 2001.

Tafoya was also known by the name ” Corn Blossum.”

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I really enjoy these families that produce multiple generations of working artists!


Artist of the moment…… Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez was born in 1887 in San Ildefionso Pueblo, New Mexico. She and her family helped to renew interest in the ancient black pottery made by her people. This area of Mexico is nearly 20 miles from Sante Fe. Its where the artist and her family live and execute their knowledge of pottery.  Martinez was a Tewa Native American.

Maria Martinez learned how to create her pottery by watching her aunt Nicolasa and another women from the area named Maraget Tafoya. Maria Martinez was given a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In this clip we watch as Maria Martinez and son go to collect the dirt to make her famous black clay pots. One of my favorite interviews!:

An excavation led by a Edgar Hewett led to some black on black pottery examples. Hewett wanted to find an artist who he could help teach to make a more modern version, perhaps for museums of these wonderful black vessels. He chose Maria Martinez as the artist to execute his plan.

Maria was disappointed as she could not get her black as dark as the ancient methods. She put these works out of view. However, when shown these works they sold very quickly and her method of making them “modern pottery!” And she was a very successful as an artist.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Maria Martinez passeda way in 1980.

Yet another great family of artists! Its great to see how in tune with their materials they use, just different parts of the earth and water. So simple yet so beautiful.


Artist of the moment……Laverne Nelson Black

Laverne Nelson Black was an American painter born in Viola, Wisconsin in the year 1887. Black’s family relocated to Chicago when he was a young child. This allowed Black to study at the Art Institute of Chicago taking classes as a child. The artist would go to earn a degree from the Institute where he learned drawings, painting, and sculpture.

After college Black was able to find work as a newspaper illustrator. Black lived in large metropolitan areas including Chicago and New York City but when loved to take vacations to the American West in locales such as Taos and Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Due to health reasons Black and his family relocated to Sante Fe, New Mexico in 1925. This would not work out either and the Black family would move again, this time to Phoenix,Arizona.

Laverne Black painted some murals for the W.P.A. project. In Phoenix he painted a large mural at the Post Office.

Black was also a renowned sculptor. He was one of few artists to sell bronzes at the famed luxury good store Tiffany’s. Frederick Remington was the previous artist to accomplish this.

Laverne Black passed away in 1938.

Price range information: Prices range from $5,000 to $600,000. The artist worked in watercolor, oils, gouache, mixed media, and bronzes.


Artist of the moment……Cliff Fragua

Cliff Fragua is a Native American artist born in Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico. For his artistic education Fragua attended the Institute of American Indian Arts where he studied sculpting. Fragua then attended the San Francisco Institute of Art. Fragua also studied stone sculpture abroad in Italy.

Fragua works with alabaster as a first medium but also works with stone and bronze.

In this clip Cliff Fragua talks about developing his style whilst at art school. Many samples of his work are shown:

The National Statuary Hall is a room in the United States Capital Buildings that is wholly dedicated to the art of capturing important American figures with the art of sculpture. Cliff Fragua is the Native American artist included in this collection.

A link to the website of Cliff Fragua:

In this last clip the artist talks about preparing and installing a very large sculpture: