Coyote Forgetting

Rick Bartow

Coyote Forgetting, Drawings by Rick Bartow
  • Bartow pastel
  • coyote pastel
  • Bartow drawing
  • Bartow original
Savvy Price $12,000.00
Gallery Price $18,000.00
Coyote Forgetting
Rick Bartow
Pastel and graphite on paper
Paper size
40" height X 26" width
Float mounted, Plexiglas, 100% rag window mat, maple molding (custom)
Frame size
44" height X 26" width
"Bartow 89" at viewer's lower right in graphite
Date of creation
Excellent, as appeared framed, glazed
AP Fenderson collection, originally acquired from the Fourth Biennial Native American Fine Arts Invitational (October 21, 1989 - Spring 1990) at the Heard Museum Phoenix, AZ
About The Coyote Forgetting

Bartow named his work as healing and transformational.  Coyote Forgetting marks Bartow's personal escape from substance abuse.

"The mythological image of Coyote stands in a threshhold of muted turquoise color, emerging from a misty dream of the past.  The anthropomorphic form is saturated with color--orange, red,  yellow, pink and purple--in celebration of the victory of survival. 

The artist's quick, loose strokes of color darts out from around the edge of the image. This imagery focuses on the "head and heart", important elements to the spirituality of his figures.

Coyote has remembered, now he can forget."

About Rick Bartow

(1946-2016, Wiyot and Yurok tribal affiliation) Bartow was a painter, a sculptor and a printmaker. A graduate of Western Oregon University, Bartow earned a degree in secondary art education. This artist also is a musician and a singer with his own folk-rock band, playing the guitar and bongos.

Honored with a traveling mid-career retrospective and monograph My Eye, it was organized by the Hallie Ford Museum 2003 - 2004. Bartow was given a solo exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian in 2003. The Eijteljorg Museum awarded him a Fellowship for Native American Fine Art in 2001.

Bartow's work is included in the permanent collections of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Arts in Indianapolis, Indian; the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon; the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ; the De Saisset Museum and the Portland Art Museum.

His paintings are characterized as expressionistic, often dealing with human and animal forms.


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