Saturday, May 10, 2008

Artist for the Month of May HASKIE BENALLY

Haskie Benally is a Master of the Western Art Style of painting which involves not only technical understanding of the medium and color theory, but also a thorough knowledge of the subject matter.

Born in 1942 in Sand Springs, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation, Haskie began to develop his artistic instincts by drawing when he was only eight years old. Working as a sheepherder in his early years gave him ample opportunity to study the natural life of his surroundings. Under the encouragement of his father, he took advantage of whatever materials were available, paper bags, boxes and sand stone cliffs near his home to portray his art.

As with many Native American Artist, Haskie is self taught, Through his many years an artist he has also acquired knowledge form the inspiration of many well-known Western Artists such as Frank McCarthy, Arnold Freberg and Ray Swanson.

Haskie’s works are much sought after by knowledgeable collectors because of his careful attention to detail and authenticity. The Crimson Cliff Fine Art Gallery and Son Silver West Fine Art Gallery, both located in Sedona, Arizona. Haskie Bennaly is on of the foremost American Indian Artist in the field of Western Art today.

We are please to have two Haskie Benally pieces in the Garis Galley of the American West which you can visit in the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Monday through Saturday 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.