THE TRAIL AND THE WOLF - BY ARTIST ANDERSON BENALLY (NAVAJO) (1954 - 2013) - 29W X 22H
Signed and numbered by the artist
The image of the wolf gives strength to the people. The design on the
lower portion depicts wolf scouts leading the way. The people were constantly
on the move seeking new hunting grounds. The wolf represents cunning and skill,
qualities needed to outwit the enemy.
"Anderson Benally is best known for his paintings of Indians in what he refers to as "natural settings, colored with a deeply historic overview." His art reflects his beliefs in the Native American spiritual experience. His impressionistic landscapes, a blend of realistic and surrealistic images, are filled with the mysticism of dreams, and include totems, bear brothers and shaman visions.
He uses a sprinkling of snowy color on the textured and swirling landscapes. Most of his paintings include a circle, a depiction of the round shields of the hunters and the hunted. His use of shades of blue or earth tones, rawhide, leather and feathers reflect his concern with the environment and the products of Indian life."