An amazing oil on canvas by Ernie P. Smith (1907-1975) an established and highly recognized Iroquois artist. The detail and colors are truly exceptional, depicting a young Native American Warrior preparing his headdress.
Canvas: 13" x 19"
Frame: 15" x 21"
Signed lower right
This piece has been professionally framed in a dark wood exterior to compliment the beautiful artwork.
There is a Meibohm Art Gallery Label affixed to the reverse, this piece more than likely was originally purchased by the previous owner at their gallery which is located in East Aurora NY.
Purchased from the Dr. Roger Sweetland Estate a prominent resident and collector of East Aurora NY.
Ernest Smith was a Tonawanda Seneca resident and one of the few artists chosen by Arthur Parker to help contribute to the WPA Project. Parker was the director of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences from 1924-1945. In 1934, Arthur Parker initiated a program, The Works Progress Administration (WPA), to essentially rescue the native arts and crafts of the New York Indians before they were lost.
Smith was asked to contribute which resulted in over 240 works of art in watercolor and oil over a six year period.
Each piece captured a moment of daily life or illustration of Native American mythology. One piece has been heavily circulated and can be purchased as a poster, titled "Sky Woman". Unfortunately, the WPA Project was halted prematurely when funding stopped and the warehouse housing the majority of the artists works caught fire.
Smith's paintings are filled with symbolism and knowing what the symbols represent makes his work even that much more beautiful and complex. It is in this way that Smith is truly able to "speak" through his paintings. The majority of his works have either been lost or are now housed in the Rochester Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the RMSC and the NYS Museum as well as a small collection at the Iroquois Museum. For more examples of Smith's work please visit here:
To own a piece of Iroquois history such as this by such a talented artist is an honor all its own.
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