Native American Oils One
Oil Paintings of Native American History by Nancy Griswold
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Native American Oil Paintings By Nancy L. Griswold www.ngartsite.com click for show
The Navajo Weavers Oil on Canvas, 35” x 26”, By Nancy L. Griswold Collector: Donna Wayne
Encampment at Dusk Oil on Canvas, 20” x 10”, By Nancy L. Griswold This painting is based on several different historical photographs made around 1900 to1910. One of the photographs used for research was of Piegan (Blackfeet) tipis by Edward Curtis. This art depicts the dwellings of western plains Indians Griswold is enthralled with the history, spirituality, dress and character of the Native American. Their undeniable interconnectedness with the natural world for physical and spiritual sustenance has intrigued her. As a painter, she has been focused on the study of light and color to create a spiritual and emotive lure.
The Pequots Oil on Canvas, 20” x 10”, By Nancy L. Griswold The Pequots were actually warlike, as their name translated means “destroyers”. They spoke a dialect of Algonquin and lived in and around south eastern Connecticut after migrating from the Hudson River regions of New York. They were agricultural tribes who raised corn, beans, squash and tobacco. In the wintertime they hunted and fished. Often their dwellings were long houses. Today their are very few Pequot Indians left in the United States. Griswold visited the Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington, Ct to see the reconstructions and gather literature for this piece.
Wood Gatherer Oil on Canvas, 16” x 20” By Nancy L. Griswold Collector: Donna Wayne The next few paintings are based upon monochromatic studies Griswold did to create different emotive moods in light. The Wood Gatherer was the first of this series. This piece has sienna and umber tones emphasizing the beauty that can be found in the solace and simplicity of nature. For this piece Griswold uses resources of historical photographs shot by Edward Curtis in 1909 in Seattle, WA This shows representation of the Asparoke or Crow Indians in winter during that time.
Inuit Mother & Child Oil on Canvas, 16” x 20” By Nancy L. Griswold Collector: Donna Wayne This painting is based on a photograph made by Edward Curtis around 1915 of an Inuit woman and her child. It was taken in Nome, Alaska. Only fur clothing was warm enough in such a cold place. The Inuit preferred the fur of the caribou, though they sometimes used fur from other animals such as seals and polar bear. Griswold choose the challenge of using a limited range of blue hues and a wide tonal scale to create the dynamic lighting of this subject.
Medicine Man Oil on Canvas, 16” x 20” by Nancy Griswold This painting is based on a photograph made by Edward Curtis 1907, Navajo Medicine Man “One of the main differences between Western and Native American medicine is that most Indian concepts of health and daily living are centered on wellness, not illness. In fact, the emphasis of most Indian practices was to prevent illness and misfortune. Preventive medicine is a very prominent aspect of medicine in the modern societies of today's world. In many Indian communities, healers were sought in times of illness, but they were also called upon for protection, to bless happy occasions (weddings, the birth of a child, and others), or to ensure the success of an expedition or hunt (8).Medicine men and women tried to treat illnesses caused by both natural and supernatural causes. Their medicine was focused more upon why the illness occurred, and the healer would resort to herbs, religious ceremonies, and various devices, such as drums, flutes, and rattles. These were all used to evoke spiritual forces that would either heal the patient directly, empower them to be able to heal, or chase away the evil spirit. In cases where the origin of the trouble was obvious, such as fractures ,dislocations, wounds, or snake and insect bites, the treatments were rational and effective. rational and effective.” www.turkishneurosurgery.org
Apache Girl and Papoose Oil on Canvas, 24” x 40” By Nancy L. Griswold Griswold researches the Apache to create a moving image in sienna tones. The fact that the mother and child theme is repetitive throughout Griswold’s Native American work is not surprising. She has felt that the female aspects of Indian life have been understated in historical accounts. The cradleboard designed by Apaches has a natural structural strength in this image which compliments the softness of fabric and hide clothing. Cradleboards of different tribal nations vary, but most were designed to give the mother a sense of security and offer the infant ability to “see the world”. When the infant was not carried often the cradleboards with child were leaned against a post or tree nearby. The cradleboard design of the Apache nation has a bentwood or woven wood frame to which the cradle is attached, with a similar material constructing the hood. The Apache ranged over eastern Arizona, northwestern Mexico, New Mexico and parts of Texas and the plains.
Santa Clara Potter Oil on Canvas, 16” x 12”, By Nancy L. Griswold
Tortilla de Madre Oil on Canvas 28” x 26” By Nancy L. Griswold This painting is based on an historical photograph from New Mexico. Source is unknown. In traditional tortilla making the woman grinds the maize with a stone mano In many places today they still make tortillas by hand, even when the nixtamal is ground into masa by machine. Griswold uses an analogous palate of warm hues to create a hot and dry atmosphere of the southwest. Complimentary hues can be found throughout to recreate the colors of dry earth found in this area.
Pulling up the Rear Oil on Canvas, 10” x 12” By Nancy L. Griswold This art is a studio piece in which Griswold worked with several photographs shot by Marion McAusland during the 1970’s near Mexico city. The narrow stone streets were brightly lite during the high sun of the day. Griswold ads brilliance to the hues using compliments to enhance color of the stucco on the buildings and the natives clothing.
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