Up for sale is an incredibly rare original painting by the Native American artist "Tom Two Arrows" or known by his Anglican name, Thomas Dorsey. This original composition is hand painted with a fine gouache on paper entitled "GA-WE-TA" "which is an Onondaga Indian word for the "Winter Snow Snake Game which is the theme for this painting. This painting measures approximately 13.5 x 16.5 inches while its original vintage wood frame measures 15.75 x 17 7/8 inches. Titled in the lower left corner "GA WE TA" this is signed in the lower right "Tom Two Arrows".
An original paper label is present verso and reads. "Ga-We-Ta is an Onondaga Indian word for the "Winter Snow Snake Game, the theme for this Indian painting. The game is played by skillfully throwing a spear-like device carved from rock maple wood slightly turned up at the front end, and weighted to aid in speeding it along a prepared trail in the snow. The outside twisting border represents the trail the spear (snow snake) travels. The player and clans-folk are dressed in authentic Eastern Indian clothing.
Stylized pines on the blue area represent the winter season. During these annual games held in Western New York State, there have been recorded throws of more than a mile. Is is the hope of the artist that this decorative painting done in the Indian symbolic form will please the eye and reveal an unusual Iroquois winter event. Tom Two Arrows is a long time champion of his people both at home and abroad. He has appeared before many scholastic groups and enjoyed two State Department sponsored tours of Asia.
His designs have been used on textiles, greeting cards and chinaware and his illustrations are in books published by Crowell, Doubleday, Viking Press and others. He has won many honors in painting competitions for Indians and Oklahoma and his traditional paintings are in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Gallery, Museum of the American Indian, New York, Philbrook Art Gallery, Tulsa and the Albany Institute of Art.His ambition os to acquaint his fellow Americans with American Indian Culture by means of art. Dorsey, his Anglicized name, include murals for the Scandinavian Airlines of New York and the Consulate of Pakistan. This painting is an absolute stunner and EXCEEDINGLY RARE! The condition is good but shows some yellowing to the sheet and some staining in the lower margin. The images provided accurately represent the quality, condition and aesthetic beauty of this fine work of art but if you have any questions please feel free to ask prior to purchasing! We specialize in fine art from the Renaissance to Modern and even offer easy appraisal services. With thousands of happy customers over the last five years we guarantee your satisfaction with superior customer service and overall experience (check out our feedback).
All works of art and valuable items are professionally packed to ensure safe arrival to you, thank you for your interest! The item "Tom Two Arrows Thomas Dorsey Original Native American Painting RARE & FINE" is in sale since Wednesday, May 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "henningfineart" and is located in Orlando, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.