Snail

Valjean Hessing

Snail, Paintings by Valjean Hessing
  • Hessing painting
Item Purchased
Savvy Price $850.00
Gallery Price $950.00
Title
Snail
Artist
Valjean Hessing
Medium
Gouache on colored mat board
Sight size
10" height X 12" width
Frame
Single mat board, regular glass, enameled metal sectional molding
Frame size
16" height X 18" width
Signed
"Valjean Hessing" at viewer's lower left
Date of creation
1992
Condition
Excellent when viewed independent of frame
Provenance
Bri Kir
About The Snail

A second title for this painting was "Bob White Snail".

Clearly paintings later in her career departed from her tendency to depict everyday genre scenes that were culturally appropriate.

Snail demonstrates an exploration of abstraction as well as interest in patterns and design.

About Valjean Hessing
(1934-2006) Hessing depicted the legends and lore of her ancestors. 

She has been honored by the Philbrook Art Center, received more than 75 major awards and is included in Who's Who in American Art: the Encyclopedia of the American Indian, American Indian Painters. Patricia Broder's Earth Songs, Moon Drawings: Paintings by American Indian Women illustrates a painting called Choctaw Removal that chronicled the reality of the forced removal of the Choctaw People to Indian Territory, referenced as the Trail of Tears. 

Hessing translated old Indian legends into traditional art in a linear style. She was extremely deliberate and took as long as three weeks to complete a painting. Her work combines spirituality, simplicity and harmony with nature. The Institute of American Indian Art presented an exhibition of Valjean's paintings opening on February 1, 2008 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Cultures

American Indian, Women Artists

Medium

Paintings

Subject

Reptiles

Keywords

Valjean Hessing, Hessing painting