Artist Media Series
This is an exceptional large jar by Les Namingha. He said it took him nearly a month to paint all the designs! The jar has a classic Hopi shape with a wide shoulder and short neck. The neck of the jar has a feather pattern. However, it is on the flat top of the jar that he spent the most time. The jar is inspired by Hopi-Tewa designs of his ancestor, Nampeyo of Hano. The designs are all different across the surface, creating “echos” of the past. Note the tight detail of the designs and the use of a variety of colors. Les said he painted the side of the jar with bold designs to give it his own modernist twist in appearance. The bottom has four rows of tightly painted mountain patterns and a single row of triangular mountains. The precision of each of these designs is exceptional. It is one of his more complicated works we have had in a long time! It is a colorful and intensely designed large jar, and a bit breathtaking in person. It is signed on the bottom, “Les Namingha”.