Thursday, October 25, 2012

Raven's Question

 This painting was conducted by Rick Bartow in 2008. The medium utilized was pastel, charcoal, graphite on paper. It is located at the Froelick Gallery. Rick Bartow was born in Newport, Oregon 1946 to a Yurok and Wiyot father and a Euro- American mother. His work was mainly influenced by his Native American heritage and by the traumatic events that occurred during the time he served in the Vietnam war. He also associated himself with a variety artists from Germany, Japan and Zealand, these all helped to influence his work as well. Bartow is best known for his pastel and graphite drawing, as well as, prints and mixed-media sculptures. His work is displayed widely in United States as well as internationally; The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana; The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C; The Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon; the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; the De Saisset Museum; the Portland Art Museum; and the Westfalisches Landesmuseum  in Munster, Germany to name a few. I like this painting because you see the inter-twinning of a person, a raven and some what of a rabbit. I also like the way the colors were utilized in this painting. I like how the white was used to help the painting and not to hinder it. You see the shape of a man, the head of a Raven and the head of a rabbit all in one.

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