Saturday, August 17, 2013

Interior Painting Homage to R C Gorman by k Madison Moore

R.C. Gorman:

"I was born near Canyon de Chelly in Arizona and spent my early years living close to nature and Navajo tradition. My family was rich in artistic talent and creative spirit, but not in material possessions. I have been fortunate to live and work in the beautiful Taos Valley, an environment also rich in artistry and tradition. The spirit of Taos has encouraged and inspired me, and my focus as an artist matured here. I’m truly grateful to my friends, drinking buddies, family, patrons, and my loyal staff—all of whom have made my way of life here possible. Thanks for sharing the light."  -  R.C. Gorman in 1998

Homage to R. C. Gorman

Native American Women

Inspired by R. C. Gorman


Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

11 x 14 Interior Oil Painting on Canvas

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This was really something different for me to paint. I had a commission
many years ago do do a 5' x 7' Gorman reproduction. The photo that was supplied
to me was the size of a postage stamp. There was not a lot of information about him
then as it was long before the internet so I used a magnifying glass to do the large
format painting. Since then, I have always admired his style and color palette
and the softness of his work. He passed away in 2005 so this is my homage to him
for bringing us the beauty of his soul forever.


Native American Women
Homage to R. C. Gorman

Rudolph Carl Gorman (July 26, 1931 – November 3, 2005) was a  native American Artist of the Navajo  Nation.[ Referred to as "the  Picasso of American Indian art" by the New Your Times. his paintings are primarily of Native American women and characterized by fluid forms and vibrant  colors, though he also worked in sculpture, ceramics, and stone lithography. He was also an avid lover of cuisine, authoring four cookbooks, (with accompanying drawings) called Nudes and Food.

Gorman learned about the work of the Mexican social realists: Diego RiveraDavid Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo. He became inspired by their colors and forms to change from abstraction to abstract realism. He used abstract forms and shapes to create his own unique, personal realistic style, recognizable to all who are acquainted with his work. While in Mexico, he also learned stone lithography from a master printer, Jose Sanchez. He used lithography throughout his life as a means of making original multiple images of his inspirations, often working by drawing directly on the stones from which the lithographs were printed.
Gorman collected many Taos artists including several oil paintings by Bill Rane, whom Gorman said was his favorite Taos painter, Rane died on September 2, 2005 and Gorman fell ill 16 days later. They both had long-time galleries on Ledoux Street in Taos. Following their deaths in the fall of 2005, people in Taos said that it had been a very sad fall on Taos' Historic Gallery Row.

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