Sunday, May 13, 2018

01 Works, RELIGIOUS ART - Interpretation the Crow, With Footnotes - 108

Rick Bartow, 1948 - 2016
Creation of Crow, 2014
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 48 inches
Froelick Gallery, Portland

Coyote is a mythological character common to many cultures of the indigenous peoples of North America, based on the coyote animal. This character is usually male and is generally anthropomorphic although he may have some coyote-like physical features. The myths and legends which include Coyote vary widely from culture to culture.


Coyote has been compared to both the Scandinavian Loki, and also Prometheus, who shared with Coyote the trick of having stolen fire from the gods as a gift for mankind, and Anansi, a mythological culture hero from Western African mythology. In Eurasia, rather than a coyote, a fox is often featured as a trickster hero, ranging from kitsune (fox) tales in Japan to the Reynard cycle in Western Europe. More on Coyote

Rick Bartow, one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary Native American artists, was born in Newport, Oregon, in 1946, and was a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California. He graduated in 1969 from Western Oregon University with a degree in secondary arts education and served in the Vietnam War (1969-71). His work is permanently held in more than 60 public institutions in the U.S., including Yale University Art Gallery, CT; Brooklyn Museum, NY; and Peabody Essex Museum, MA. He has had 35 solo museum exhibitions and his art has been referenced in over 250 books, catalogs, and articles. In 2012, commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Bartow created We Were Always Here, a monumental pair of sculptures, over 20 feet high, which was installed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. More on Rick Bartow






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