Ray Swanson

1937-2004, Carefree, AZ

"Going Vistin'," 1977

Oil on canvas board
Signed lower right: Ray Swanson ©; signed again, titled and dated in pencil on the backing paper
30" H x 36" W

  • Notes: Ray Swanson (1937-2004) is known for highly detailed photo-realistic scenes of Navajo and Pueblo peoples, whom he had come to respect and be concerned about, as he witnessed their traditional ways of life disappearing. Raised in a rural environment, he came to love the desert of Arizona. As a result, he felt compelled to accurately depict traditional lifestyles, including methods of transport and native dress that he felt were quickly fading away. The respect seemed mutual, as it was reported that at his funeral, a Navajo family that he painted attended his memorial service and placed a traditional chief's blanket on his casket.
  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition.

    Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight. Slightly uneven varnish application

    Frame: 41" H x 47" W x 2" D

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