(Harrison) Begay Listed Artist Silk Screen/ Serigraph 1950s set of 5 and 1 by Kai Sa. All but one are framed and under glass- no glass for the last one. Harrison Begay or Haskay Yahne Yah (Warrior Who Walked Up to His Enemy) was born in White Cone, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation in 1917 or sometime around then. He's never been sure about the date.
His parents were Black Rock and Zonnie Tachinie Begay. His mother died when hewas seven, and soon after he was sent off to government boarding school at Fort Wingate where he heard English spoken for the first time.
After a year he ran away from school to return home where he studied by himself and herded sheep. At seventeen he entered the recently founded Santa Fe Indian School and studied art under Dorothy Dunn. Until the school was founded, Navajo artists had no tribal tradition of painting, so what Harrison learned was later considered "studio style". Students were taught to place smoothly brushed forms flat on the picture plane. It is now in the Southwest Museum connection in Los Angeles.
When he graduated from Santa Fe Indian School as salutatorian in 1939, Harrison went on to study architecture at Black Mountain College in North Carolina on a scholarship from the Indian Commission. He also created murals for the WPA during the Depression before spending three years in the Army during World War II. He served under General Dwight Eisenhower and also participated in the Battle of Normandy.When he was released from the Army, Harrison spent a brief time in Colorado studying with Gerald Curtis Delano. Upon returning home to Arizona in 1947 he resumed his painting career in earnest and eventually became one of the most famous of all Navajo painters. He created Tewa Enterprises during the 1950s in Santa Fe to make and sell reproductions of his and others artwork. Collectors enjoyed his subtle watercolors and silkscreened prints. Since he spent somuch time off the reservation growing up, he learned much later about traditional Navajo ceremonies from a book by artist Don Perceval.
This deepened understanding of his own heritage greatly influenced Begay's work from that time on. Still painting in his 90s, Begay was awarded the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southwestern Association of Indian Artists, organizers of the annual Santa Fe Indian Art Market. His portrait was featured in the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of the American Indian in 2004.He studied art in Albuquerque and also the Sherman Institute in Santa Fe. (Harrison) Begay Listed Artist Silk Screen/ Serigraph 1950s set 5 & 1 kai sa" is in sale since Tuesday, March 9, 2021. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "pinewindfarm" and is located in Avon, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.