Posts Tagged ‘sante fe’

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.



Artists of the moment……..Larry Ahvakana




Larry Ahvakana is a contemporary artist who works as a painter, printmaker, mask maker, and sculptor. Lawrence Ahvakana was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. His culture is the Inupiaq people of Northern Alaska.

Ahvakana attended the Institute of American Indian Art located in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Ahvakana also attended Cooper Union School of Art located in New York City. Ahvakana went on to earn a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design.

I enjoy the figures of this artist the most. His seal is very unique but one can recognize the creature immediately. In his figures he uses many curved lines and simple geometric shapes which give his work movement and life.

Ahvakana also works as a jewelry maker equally adept at working with stones and glass.

Price range information: Jewelry works can be found for $1,000 up to original works which can reach $20,000.

A heavy influence on the artist was the Apache Indian sculptor Allan Houser.

The artist is part of many prominent collections including the San Francisco Museum of Art.

What a multi-talented artist! He seems to be a master of all mediums he works with!



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……..Terrance Guardipee



Terence Guardipee is a Native American artist born in the year 1968. Guardipee is renowned for his artwork that combines historical documents and his own unique style of Native American painting.

Ledger painting was a popular form of art, Guardipee put his own twist on the idea by painting and drawing on more than one ledger at a time.

Guardipee grew up on the Blackfeet reservation. His style of bold color and flat design represents his Blackfeet heritage.

Guardipee attended the Institute of the American Indian Arts located in Sante Fe, New Mexico. The school is the only four year institute in the United States dedicated to the preservation of Native American Arts.

The artist is now based out of Seattle, Washington.

Terrance Guardipee is included in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute and the Gene Autry Museum.

What I enjoy most about the artist are the titles of his works. The artist opens up another door to the history of his people by using such clever titles as Running Eagle returning from a War Raid. His hats are also a keen observation of his work sometimes replacing the eye as a major focal point. The works without eyes have an ephemeral feeling.

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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…… 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…..Raymond Jonson

Raymond Jonson was an American modernist born in 1891 in the city of Chariton, Iowa. For his artistic education Jonson attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Jonson also attended the Chicago Art Institute.

In the beginning of his career the artist was based out of Chicago. A major influence was the artist Bror a.k.a. as B.J.O. Nordfeldt, who was a modernist painter that moved to America from Sweden.  Below an example of Nordfeldt’s style.


Jonson is renown as the founder of the Transcendental Painters Group of Sante Fe, New Mexico. The artist relocated to this region in the mid 1920s. He founded the Transcendental Painters Group in 1938.

Jonson was a longtime professor at the University of New Mexico located in Albuquerque.

In this clip we view a work titled “Arroyo 4” at auction:

A major influence on Jonson was the painter Wassily Kandinsky and his infamous Armory show in Chicago of 1912. This clip talks about this show and many works of Jonson are featured.

Raymond Johnson passed away in 1982 at the age of 91 years old.

price range information:  Most works priced between $5,000 and $100,000.

Below we get a further look into Jonson’s group, the Transcendental Painter’s Group:


Artist of the moment….Gustave Baumann….

Gustave Baumann is the most collected of the color woodcut artists of New Mexico. Baumann was born in Magdeburg,  Germany in 1881. Baumann was a chief component of pushing the process of color woodcut. Many artists from Albert Durer to Rembrandt have made etchings(those are my two favorite) but not nearly as many have tried to add color.

Price range info: The artist worked mainly in print mediums such as posters, which can be found for less than $100. Woodcut prints can be found from $1,000 to $25,000. He is probably the most collected of the color woodcut artists. Pencil works can range from $1,000 to $20,000.

For being a printmaker, the artist had a great sense of how to mix color and prints that still had a fresh feel to them. In this clip check out a 1000 piece puzzle made from a print by Gustav Baumann.

This segment was done by PBS on the Gustav Baumann. It lasts nearly thirty minutes, but even watching the first two minutes you can view some of the artists prints and his puppets.

When Baumann was ten years old his family moved to the United States. When he was only seventeen years old he was making a living working for an engraving house. This part of his story reminded me of master artist Everett Raymond Kinstler. Kinstler started illustrating comic books, became a master artist using pen and ink, he studied many years at the New York Art Students League, and now has even painted Presidential portraits.

When he was Baumann he also was a student of the famed Art Institute of Chicago.

He moved back to Germany when he was 23 years old to further study wood, both carving and using woodblocks to produce prints.

Gustave Baumann returned to the United States in 1908 and immediately was making money from his newly acquired skill. The artist moved to Brown, Indiana where an artistic colony was boomed.

Its interesting to note that color prints first appeared in China in the tenth century. The Eastern method was to rub ink on the wood products, this was the preferred technique in America as well. Baumann was unique in this country as one of the few artists who was working with printmaking using the European technique of using oil based inks.

He won a gold medal for his color woodcut the Mill Pond. This was the largest ever produced woodcut at the time.

Baumann then headed west for Taos, New Mexico. He rethought this idea and settled in Sante Fe, New Mexico. In the end Baumann thought the colony in Taos was too crowded.  The Sante Fe crowd was looking for new artists and Baumann jumped in to fill the void.

Gustave Baumann passed away in 1971.

Style wise I love to compare his works to another woodcut master, HIROSHIGE. He lived from 1797 to 1858. Below is a signature example Hiroshige, considered by many to be the best ever in this field of printmaking.

How about creating a woodcut or an etching the next time you get some artistic need to experiment!