David 'Chethlahe' Paladin -Native American Painting

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  • Sold Date: Mar 06, 2009
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David 'Chethlahe' Paladin -Native American Painting

David Chethlahe Paladin - 'Races of Mankind' 1973

Artist: David 'Chethlahe' Paladin
Title: Races of Mankind
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 24 x 12 inches
Signed: Signed lower left and dated '73
is fine original painting by well known Navajo artist David 'Chethlahe' Paladin. The work is extremely well done with amazing precision.

Painting is in mint condition and is beautifully framed and ready to hang.

Buyer will also receive a copy of the artist's book Painting the Dream - The Visionary Art of David Chethlahe Paladin .

David Chethlahe Paladin (1926-1984)

He was the son of a Navajo Indian mother and a white missionary father, spending his early years on the Navajo reservation near Chinle, Arizona.

An incorrigible runaway, a stowaway, a secret agent, a WW II prison camp survivor, Paladin's life story sounds more like fiction than fact. Later associations with indigenous peoples led to his education as a shaman by the Huichols and Tarahumaras of Mexico, the Northwest Coastal Indians and the Pueblo Indians, and by the Australian Aboriginals. While he lived in New Mexico he was a radio announcer for a classical music station, midwife, volunteer police chaplain, and prison chaplain at Los Lunas Medium Security Correctional Facility w he began the first Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in a prison setting. He devoted the last twenty years of his life to painting and community service.

Although he resisted art teachers like Dorothy Dunn in the early days at the Santa Fe Indian School, he always knew he wanted to be an artist. A visit with Marc Chagall while Paladin was a student at the Chicago Art Institute gave his art direction as Chagall encouraged him to draw upon his native heritage and to paint his personal visions inspired by creation legends.

David Chethlahe Paladin is an influential artist in terms of his contributions to the development of contemporary Native American art. The breadth and depth of his work exceeds the usual artistic style appellations. Paladin's art is rooted in but not bounded by the lore of his Indian ancestry. His themes are timelessness and universality. While some of his motifs are recognizably Indian, Paladin's singular ability to amalgamate recurrent images enables him to straddle cultures and embrace design concepts that have a universal rather than merely cultural appeal. At the core of his remarkably diverse art is the theme of harmony and peace as it touches upon the spiritual and dream qualities of the roots of humankind.


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