They Saw Man for the First Time

Ralph "Gus" Kniffin

They Saw Man for the First Time, Drawings by Ralph "Gus" Kniffin
Savvy Price $550.00
Gallery Price $650.00
They Saw Man for the First Time
Ralph "Gus" Kniffin
Color lithography and ink (unique original)
Sight size
9 3/4" height X 24" width
Two archival window mat boards, regular glass and smoke-colored metal molding
Frame size
16 1/2" height X 32" width
"Ralph 'Gus' Kniffin 8 26 81" at viewer's lower left
Date of creation
Excellent, as appeared framed, glazed
ALF collection, acquired directly from the artist
About The They Saw Man for the First Time

Five stylized horses with extremely long red necks have their heads turned toward viewer's right.  Title suggests they are gazing at what could be their first interface with a human being.

About Ralph "Gus" Kniffin

(Born 1946-2013) Apache/ Shoshone American Indian) A member of the San Carlos tribe, Kniffin was a painter who studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and specifically with Allan Houser, Charles Loloma and Fritz Scholder.

Kniffin won first place, a special award and two honorable mentions for his pen and ink drawings at the annual Scottsdale National in 1976.  He also won first prize and honorable mention at the Heard Annual Art Show in Phoenix (1976).  Kniffin was represented in Phoenix, Arizona by Gallery Three.  

He has been cited in Who's Who in American Art.

Other Works By Ralph "Gus" Kniffin:
  • Forever, Drawings by Ralph "Gus" Kniffin
  • Nature Surrounds Her, Drawings by Ralph "Gus" Kniffin
  • Untitled  Strident Song, Drawings by Ralph "Gus" Kniffin
  • They're Still Running, Drawings by Ralph "Gus" Kniffin
  • Woman Wearing Neckbands, Drawings by Ralph "Gus" Kniffin

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