Andy Tsinajinnie Two Original Hand Signed Navajo Paintings Indian Medicine Man & Woman c. 1970


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Title: Navajo Medicine Man, Navajo Medicine Woman (both untitled)
Artist: Andy van Tsinajinie - (1926-2000) - American Artist. (There are a few variations on the spelling on his name, but on the works we have seen, he signed his name Tsinajinie and sometimes Tsinajinnie.)
Technique: Original white Gouache (opaque paint) on black mat board.
Signature: Signed by the artist by hand with Tsinaj, an abbreviation of his name on the man painting and Tsinajinie on the woman painting.
Date Painted: c. 1970
Dimensions: Man - Sheet size - 16 x 20 inches, Image size - 15 x 19 inches. Mat size - 20 x 25-3/4 inches; Woman - Sheet size - 16 x 20 inches, Image size - 15 x 18 inches. Mat size - 20 x 25-3/4 inches.
Condition: Excellent condition without any flaws. Ready to be framed. (Please see photos.)
Provenance: These original paintings came from a private collection of several of the artist's works. His paintings can be found in many major collections.
Presentation: Both paintings have been taped at the extreme outer edges in archival ivory mats They are blank on the back, not laid down. They are ready to be framed.
Description: Andy Tsinajinie was a highly respected Navajo painter whose signature style centered around his bold colors and unique stylization. Although he studied the classic flat style of painting under Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian School, his work was highly progressive for a traditional painter. His work captured the simple, whimsical life of the rural Navajo. He was also well known for paintings of Navajo ceremonies and mythology. His works have been widely published and included in numerous museum and institutional collections, including the Philbrook Museum (Tulsa, OK) and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame (Oklahoma City, OK).

Navajo Medicine Man and Medicine Woman are simple in style and execution, but they are also quite striking and dramatic. Tsinajinie has captured a medicine man and woman in traditional Navajo dress beating a drum, shaking a rattle, and chanting. These are fine portraits that are very well composed and painted.

Dorothy Dunn who taught Tsinajinie while he was at the Sante Fe Indian School made the following comments about his work:
"Yet, doubtless no one to date has painted the Navajo as well as he. His ventures into his own world are well worth waiting for. In these, he brings the remote people and private events of the vast Navajo country into hailing distance without divesting them of the old untamed beauty."

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Andrew Tsinajinie was born in Chinle, Arizona. He showed artistic promise as a young man, and subsequently studied in Santa Fe at the Indian High School. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Force in the South Pacific. When he returned, he opened a studio in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tsinajinie made his living as a full time artist for the remainder of his life, which was almost cut short by a serious illness in the early 1970s.

His subject matter always centered on the life of his tribe, and his many moods are displayed by topics ranging from animal life, to ceremonies of which his Fire Dancers are most recognized. His great range rarely incorporated symbolic design, but Tsinajinie was known for his chameleon-like ability to change and his unconventional palette. Tsinanjinie's work, which most often featured images of traditional Navajo life, appeared in numerous books and publications including Arizona Highways and Navajo History, Volume I. He died in 2000.

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