Namingha, Les – “Blue Skies and Rainbow Birds” Large Contemporary Jar

10.5"w x 11"h

$ 6,550.00

WOW!  This is an extraordinary large jar by Les Namingha.  It is large pieces like this jar that allow him a lot of design space to create quite exceptional pieces.  The jar is fully painted and there are numerous Sikyatki birds encircling the piece.  The background layers are large, bold geometric shapes.  They flow in color as the jar is turned from dark blue and white to green and brown.  It is against this background that the birds are painted.  The birds are all different colors and each has different traditional Hopi-Tewa designs.  Check out the detail in each bird.  One of the birds has his classic pointillism coloration, which adds both color and additional detail.  It’s how the jar changes in coloration as it is turned, it is almost like having several pieces in one.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Les Namingha  2020”.  Les says of his pieces which have layering:

“The concept of layering is inherent in our mortal journey. As time moves forward, our memories become layered. Some memories remain vibrant, others faint or hazy. Yet others, obscure or even hidden. Likewise, our experiences, words, works, emotions, prayers, and songs build up in layers creating our existence. In turn, our social interactions become exercises in layering. We see this in evidence with street art or graffiti writing where layers of thought and a desire to express a “proof of existence” create tapestries of color and marks. Blending, covering, harmonizing, dissonance, disappearing. This concept of layering is the idea behind Urban Polychrome and other works in the Urban Series.”  Les Namingha