This is a close up of Grass Dancer, Adam Nordwell. The piece focuses on Adam's headdress and regalia. The piece is inspired by an original photo of Adam that was taken at the FDR Pow Wow in September of 2014, one of the Red Hawk Native Arts Council Events. The photo was taken by the artist and painted because of Adam's strong presence and his exceptional regalia.
Adam dedicates this piece to his grandfather who gave him this wonderful regalia. The regalia has an amazing history. It was beaded in the late 1960s. Adam's grandfather is turning 86 this year. In 1969 Adam's grandfather wore the outfit while he led the occupation of Alcatraz (San Francisco, California).
Adam's Grandfather wore this regalia right after he met the Pope. Rich detail can be observed in his face, the shine in his hair, the fabric of his clothing and the subtle colors captured in his roach.
Adam is of Northern Shoshone, Chippewa and Navajo background. The portrait captures his strong features and proud demeanor. Adam grew up in Nevada but now resides in Oklahoma.
Pyrographic etching in plywood. Painted with water color, gouache and improvisational use of color.
Measurements The size is 31 x 42 in centimeters and 12.20" x 16.50" inches (without frame).
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This piece may be viewed in person at the Native West Trading Company & Gallery. Inquires may be directed to: