14 November 2005

R.C. Gorman (1931 - 2005) Dine, born to the Clauschii' Clan born for the Dibe Iizhini

R.C Gorman was and remains major influence upon my own development and work as an artist. Hopefully, the Generations to follow will grow to learn and love the wonderful gifts of vision he left to us. May he always walk in Beauty (Nii' Hoo' Caa' Abii' Nii' Goo)...


'Native American Picasso' Dies
The Navajo artist RC Gorman, who was sometimes called the "Native American Picasso", has died at the age of 74.

According to a message posted on his gallery's website by his agent, he had been ill for more than a month with a virulent blood infection and pneumonia.

Born in Chinle, Arizona in 1931 on the Navajo reservation, Rudolph Carl Gorman was best known for his simple paintings of outsized Native American women.

"Large women fill up the paper more," he said in a 1990 interview.

Gorman had more than 20 one-man shows and had his work exhibited at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.


He was also painted himself by Andy Warhol in 1979.

His father, Carl Nelson Gorman, was a Navajo "code talker" during the Second World War, who helped send secret messages through codes based on American Indian languages.

Their exploits were celebrated in the 2002 film Windtalkers starring Nicolas Cage.

RC Gorman lived in Taos in northern New Mexico, but was being treated at the University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque at the time of his death.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2005/11/04 11:59:20 GMT