Fire of Creation

David Chethlahe Paladin

Fire of Creation, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Chethlahe painting
  • Navajo painting
Savvy Price $1,500.00
Gallery Price $2,500.00
Title
Fire of Creation
Artist
David Chethlahe Paladin
Medium
Colored sand on canvas
Canvas size
30" height X 24" width
Frame
White linen liner, gold finished wood molding
Frame size
36 1/2" height X 30 1/2" width
Signed
"Chethlahe © 76" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation
1976
Condition
Good, except for scar at upper center. Frame is begging to be replaced.
Provenance
DP
About The Fire of Creation

Had this sand painting been free of the flaw seen in the last photograph and not requiring a new frame, its gallery price would have been $3,500.00.

Fire of Creation is an exceptionally large and complex composition by Paladin, involving an abundance of muted secondary colors and shapes, some of them raised above the painting's main surface.

About David Chethlahe Paladin

(1926-1984) Painting the Dream: the Visionary Art of Navajo Painter David Chethlahe Paladin was published in 1992 by the artist's widow, Lynda Paladin. This artist credited Marc Chagall, Mark Tobey and Morris Graves as influencing his approach to painting as well as how he treated his subject matter.

The Huichol Indians' work also impacted the appearance of his art. For 2 1/2 years Paladin was a prisoner of war, released finally at Dachau in a near coma state.

In 1975 Newsweek cited him as the nation's "leading Navajo modern artist". The Santa Fean magazine named him Artist of the Year in 1981.

Major exhibitions of his work have taken place at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth (1966), at the Heard Museum (1967, 1975), at the William Penn Memorial Museum in Pittsburgh (1969), at the Albuquerque Museum (1975, 1985), at the American Indian Art Center in New York (1975), at the Navajo Tribal Museum in Window Rock, Arizona (1984), at the San Diego Museum of Man (1985) and at the Museum of Art at the University of Arizona in Tucson (1988).

Other Works By David Chethlahe Paladin:
  • Dreams of Beginning, Prints by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Abstract Mask, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Cave Wall Guardians, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Sacred Sun, Sacred Moon, Prints by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Monster Slayer, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Untitled  Cave Wall Paintings, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Celebratory Night Scene, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Kokopelli Fugue, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Cave Wall Painting Ancient, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • The First World  , Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • First World (vertical), Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Clouds Over Monument Valley, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
Cultures

American Indian, Navajo, Arizona

Medium

Paintings

Subject

Keywords

David Paladin, Chethlahe painting, Navajo painting