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Anthony Chee Emerson (b. 1963)  Artworks >>

Of Navajo ancestry, Anthony Emerson does figurative painting of persons reflecting his culture. He also paints stylized landscapes and animals and some abstractions. His paintings are narrative and reflect a life that he had to learn about because he grew up in Los Angeles in an ethnically mixed neighborhood that was a long way from the Four Corners area. However, his parents exposed him to his native ways. In 1972, when he was nine years old, the family returned to the Southwest, and Emerson was sent to a boarding school in Gallup, where he learned about his own people. He developed a love of art and studied the subject at the University of New Mexico and later at San Juan Community College. The artwork of Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso was especially influential. While entering competitions and pursuing his fine art, he earned money as a house painter and contractor and eventually painted over 2000 homes on the reservation. However, his wife encouraged him to return to his own painting, and eventually success came his way, especially at Indian Market in Santa Fe. Now the couple have the Emerson Gallery in Farmington, New Mexico from where they market his paintings as well as his mother's clay sculpture and work by other Navajo artists. In 2000, he received a commission to create the poster image for the New Mexico State Libraries and also a commission for the all-Native Totah arts festival in Farmington. Source

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