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Artwork by Ignatius Palmer

1 artwork currently available by Ignatius Palmer.

About the Artist

(1921-1985, Mescalero Apache)  Palmer served in the U. S. Army Air Corps in World War II, after which he became a construction worker and painter. He attended the Santa Fe Indian School and started painting as early as 1939 but did most of his exhibiting occurred between 1957 and 1962. 

Palmer provided illustrations for a Bent-Mescalero (NM) Elementary School, specifically Apache stories for bilingual classes. He primarily showed his paintings in the tribal arts center near his home in the Mescalero Apache area. Imagery of gan dancers and other ceremonial figures feature in many of his artworks.

Ignatius Palmer is referenced in Snodgrass' American Indian Painters:  A Biographical Dictionary (1968); Brody's Indian Painters and White Patrons (1971); Clara Lee Tanner's Southwest Indian Painting: A Changing Art (1973); Highwater's Song from the Earth:  American Indian Painting (1976) and Seymour's When the Rainbow Touches Down (1988).

Palmer's paintings rarely appear on the market.