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Quincy Tahoma

About Quincy Tahoma

(1920-1956) This Navajo painter was born in Tuba City, Arizona.  He was educated at The Studio, a division of the Santa Fe Indian School from 1936 to 1940.

Tahoma served in the United States Army during World War II as one of the Code Talkers. He also worked as a shepherd, a muralist, a Hollywood painter and a poster maker.

His early artwork reflected his life as a shepherd, depicting pastoral images and scenes, such as sheep, Navajos on horseback and mothers tending to children. His paintings demonstrated his ability to depict movement and action. Tahoma began focusing on movement as a theme in the mid 1940's, creating paintings of buffaloes and beasts. He took every opportunity to depict bloody scenes in his early works. Later paintings were not action oriented. Instead they emphasized the peaceful Navajo people in genre scenarios.

In 1939 Tahoma exhibited at the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe and was touted as a promising new artist. His work was exhibited at the Museum of New Mexico in 1949, the Oklahoma Museum of Art in 1978, the Koogler McNay Art Museum in Texas in 1990 and the Heard Museum in Phoenix in 1996.

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About the Artist

(1920-1956) This Navajo painter was born in Tuba City, Arizona.  He was educated at The Studio, a division of the Santa Fe Indian School from 1936 to 1940.

Tahoma served in the United States Army during World War II as one of the Code Talkers. He also worked as a shepherd, a muralist, a Hollywood painter and a poster maker.

His early artwork reflected his life as a shepherd, depicting pastoral images and scenes, such as sheep, Navajos on horseback and mothers tending to children. His paintings demonstrated his ability to depict movement and action. Tahoma began focusing on movement as a theme in the mid 1940's, creating paintings of buffaloes and beasts. He took every opportunity to depict bloody scenes in his early works. Later paintings were not action oriented. Instead they emphasized the peaceful Navajo people in genre scenarios.

In 1939 Tahoma exhibited at the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe and was touted as a promising new artist. His work was exhibited at the Museum of New Mexico in 1949, the Oklahoma Museum of Art in 1978, the Koogler McNay Art Museum in Texas in 1990 and the Heard Museum in Phoenix in 1996.

Medium Gouache (opaque water-based paint) on paper board
Sight size 13 1/2" height X 8 1/2" width
Frame Single paper mat, regular glass and wood molding
Frame size 23 1/8" height X 18 5/8" width
Signed "Tahoma '44" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation 1944
Condition Fair, as there are 1/4" water stains on several areas: along viewer's left side below archer's elbow and near his hair flying in front of his face and there is a stray diagonal red line through archer's thigh. See last photographs.
Provenance NSa
Other Works by Quincy Tahoma
Calling on Horseback, Paintings by Quincy Tahoma Windblown Horse and Rider, Paintings by Quincy Tahoma Rider on Stallion in Profile, Paintings by Quincy Tahoma The Last Ride, Paintings by Quincy Tahoma Heading for A Buck Off, Paintings by Quincy Tahoma
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