Namingha, Les – Tall Jar with Minimalist Hopi Birds
This tall jar by Les Namingha uses an elongated form as a foundation for his minimalist Hopi-Tewa birds. The top of the jar has a very painterly style, which is then overpainted with concentric lines. The side of the jar has four panels, each with a different Hopi-Tewa style of bird. The birds have been minimalized into more geometric shapes and then layered using color variations. Each panel is separated by a checkerboard pattern. The lower section of the jar has black and white geometrics and the very base of the jar is textured. He has used mica with the paint on the lower sections, so there is just a bit of “sparkle” in the piece. It is a complex and striking jar. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.