Friday, March 23, 2018
Cat Tail Bird
The last time I was at the Heard Museum, I saw an exhibit of artwork by an artist named Ifonso Roybal who went by the name Awa Tsireh which means "Cat Tail Bird" in the Tewa language.
Born in 1898, Roybal became one of the finest Native American painters of the first half of the 20th Century.
He did a lot illustrations for books as well as some metal works in addition to his paintings.
The painting above is called The Bull and the Koshares from 1938. A Koshare is a Pueblo Clown.
I loved this copper tray with the Native American design etched into it. (Sorry for the reflection. It was behind glass.)
This painting of a Matachine Dancer was a favorite of mine at the show. It was so intricately painted and so beautifully framed.
The card describing the painting said to be sure to notice the little red bird next to his signature. It became a sort of trademark that was added to many of his paintings.