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Artist of the moment……….Oscar Howe




Oscar Howe was a born in Joe, South Dakota in the year 1915. Howe was a fantastic painter of the Native American Indian and its culture. Howe painted the figure in a very modernist style.

Howe was a master at portraying movement in his paintings. I am impressed in his group scenes by the detail to clothing and facial expressions he gives each person. These large works that show a crowd in a circle are amazing! Its like fifty different portraits of different heads all facing different directions, simply amazing.

Another great feature of Howe’s art is his painting of hair. Its full of color and movement that adds to liveliness of his artwork.

Oscar Howe represented the Yanktonai Native American Indian. The Yanktonai are found in both North and South Dakota.

Howe served in World War 2 and then attended Dakota Wesleyan University located in Mitchell, South Dakota earning a B.F.A. Howe went on to earn a M.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma located in Norman, Oklahoma.

Howe also worked for the Works Progress Administration. This was a great experience for the artist  as he learned to paint large murals.

The artist taught at the collegiate level for many years at the University of South Dakota  located in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Oscar Howe passed away in 1983.

In this clip we view many works by Howe including his beginning paintings which were similar to many other artists of the region. He found his own palette and style but sometimes was rejecting for shows as his paintings weren’t Indian enough:

Price range information: The artist painted in casein, gouache, and tempera. No pricing information available.






Artist of the moment…..Fritz Scholder

Fritz Scholder was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota in the year 1937. His father was Indian and Scholder took great pride in this aspect of his heritage. Scholder came to prominence as a  painter whilst living in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Scholder was able to study with a well known Native American painter named Oscar Howe. Howe worked with the figure in a very abstract manner. Much like a Bev Doolittle painting, the figures are cleverly hidden amongst the very abstract design. Here is an example of Oscar Howe’s style.


For his collegiate studies Scholder attended many colleges including Wisconsin State University, Sacramento City College where he studied under Wayne Thiebaud, and the University of Arizona where he earned a master’s degree. Thiebaud asked his young charge to exhibit in a cooperative gallery. Scholder was an immediate success. After earning his masters degree Scholder joined the teaching faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He moved to Sante Fe, New Mexico. Scholder did a series of paintings featuring the Native American Indian. The paintings were seen as an insult to many and Scholder was only one quarter Indian and painted his idea of the Indian and American cultures coming together. Scholder wanted to visit Europe and quit his teaching post. After his travels abroad Scholder returned to Sante Fe.
Scholder produced etchings, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. His first lithographs were made during the early 1970s, he was quite prolific as a print artist.

Received great reviews from the Smithsonian show featuring Scholder and his famed student T.C. Cannon.I profiled Cannon within the past week, Cannon had a style very similar to R.C. Gorman, but died in car crash before the opening of this show.

In the early 1980s he moved to Manhattan, New York.

price range information: Oils range $10,000 to $50,000. Acrylics $4,000 to $50,000. Bronzes range $500 to $2000. Lithographs can be found for less than one thousand dollars.

Exhibited his art at the Grand Palais in France. Also had shows in Romania, Yugoslavia, Berlin, and London.

Scholder enjoyed books and even loved to his name in print. He often mentioned once his name was in the books to be used later for reference material (like this website which is geared to show people that artists all over the world are not starving and desolate!) Fritz Scholder would have a permanent place in the world of art history. Scholder even had a book with some of his poetry published.

Scholder passed away in 2005 at the age of 67.

In this clip see an excerpt from a documentary film about Fritz Scholder.

A great montage of works by Fritz Scholder.