Grandfather and Grandmother Giving Happy Birthday Horse Ride

Harrison Begay

Grandfather and Grandmother Giving Happy Birthday Horse Ride, Paintings by Harrison Begay
  • Begay painting
  • Navajo painting
Savvy Price $850.00
Gallery Price $1,200.00
Grandfather and Grandmother Giving Happy Birthday Horse Ride
Harrison Begay
Gouache (opaque watercolor) on paper board
Sight size
9 1/2" height X 17" width
"Harrison Begay" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation
Circa 2000
Excellent to good, due to 2" horizontal crease in paper at viewer's mid left, likely present before artist painted on its surface.
B Nib
Mat size
13 1/2" height X 21" width
About The Grandfather and Grandmother Giving Happy Birthday Horse Ride

Navajo genre scene featuring a young man astride a horse behind his grandfather.  A colt and the family dog complete the scene.

Full explanation for the scene appears on the back of the painting:

"The boy's grandfather and grandmother tell the boy of what they see along the way.  The dog see different plants and learn their name.  Some are . . . "

About Harrison Begay

(1917-2012) Harrison Begay was born in 1917 and educated at various schools on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. Santa Fe Indian School and at Phoenix Junior College. He served in the U. S. Army in World War II.

Harrison Begay had paintings included in the collections of the Southwest Museum in Pasadena California, the famed Philbrook Art Center, the Gilcrease Museum and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona to name a few.

One of the best known Navajo painters, Begay's watercolors are known for their delightful colors as well as their charming detail and strong sense of design. Begay is a conservative traditional painter whose work depicts an idealized manner of every segment of Navajo life. In the 1950's Begay co-founded Tewa Enterprises in Santa Fe to sell silkscreen reproductions of his work. Allan Houser, Pop Chalee and Gerald Nailor also sold reproductions through Tewa Enterprises.

Begay was awarded the French Palmes d’Academiques in 1954 and has exhibited worldwide to include a solo exhibition in Japan in 1989. His work is cited in The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters by Patrick D. Lester, The St. James Guide to Native North American Artists, American Indian Painting by Dorothy Dunn, Southwest Indian Painting by Clara Lee Tanner, American Indian Painters by Oscar Jacobson and Jeanne D’Ucel plus another five plus books focused on Native American artists. Harrison Begay's work was included in the exhibit "Beautiful Resistance: Works on Paper from the Heard Museum Collection" May 22 - December. 2005.

Other Works By Harrison Begay:
  • Early Painting Two Navajo Boys Riding Mule, Paintings by Harrison Begay

American Indian, Navajo




American Indians, Horses


Harrison Begay, Begay painting, Navajo painting