by Eric Whollem
watercolors with earth pigments and casein on paper
Collection of the artist.
11 1/4" x 9 7/8"
Copyright by the artist.
HOPI INDIAN CERAMIC TILE PAINTING:
AN INFLUENCE IN MY EARLY YEARS
In 1973 I made my first earth paints from raw natural earths.
At that time I had been inspired by the power of Native American sand
painting, which is traditionally used in healing ceremonies.
I fell in love with Hopi ceramics, their pottery and their ceramic tiles.
The design in the painting in this post is derivative in a degree of their
tile art. I had read The Book of the Hopi about this time; it was a
popular book in the 1970's, describing the cosmological beliefs of
the pueblo Indians.
HOPI INDIAN CUBISM
The modern art of the Hopi people is amazing. Many of the traditionally
trained painters have done renderings of tribal ideas in a style distinctly
Cubist. I feel that Hopi Cubism is some of the best in the genre of Cubism,
though public recognition has never been commensurate with the degree of
excellence exhibited in the art.
If Braque had been Hopi, he would have spun circles around Picasso.
Readers may find my posts about the MAIDU INDIANS of interest:
BELOW IS A VIDEO
DEALING WITH THE RELIGION OF
THE CONCOW MAIDU INDIANS
OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Some might be interested in my articles on DIGITAL CUBISM:
BELOW IS A DEPICTION OF
A DIGITAL WORK OF MINE
(COPYRIGHT BY THE ARTIST)