Al Bahe

Sep 18, 2011 by     No Comments    Posted under: Artists

THE QUIET GIANT IN NAVAJO ACRYLICS
by Tim Auer, Santa Fe Circle Magazine

The more this gentle man speaks, the more intrigue is created. His unassuming presence is punctuated by flashes of inspiration that let  you know he has defined his artistic direction. His art and his life are inseparable. His Native American roots, and his experiences growing up in Northern Arizona with his eight siblings all contribute to who he is. Al and his family settled in Shonto, Arizona where he studied at the Indian School and stood out among his peers.

Enjoy the traditional, mystical, and artistically excellent work of Al Bahe at the Art Exchange Gallery, Santa Fe.

Gallery

“Beautiful Earth Mother”
Acrylic on canvas
26″x18″
$3400
“Amoung The Ancestors”
Acrylic on canvas
24″x18″
Sold! $3200
“Sacred Ground”
Acrylic on canvas
21″x18″
$3200
“All is Beautiful”
Acrylic on canvas
26″x18″
$3400
“With Honor”
Acrylic on canvas
36″x24″, Sold! $4500
“Crow Mother”
Acrylic on Canvas
60″x40″
 Navajo Portrait Hosteen Klah
“Sacred Dance”
Acrylic on Canvas
57″x36″
“Prized Possessions”
-Acrylic on Canvas
60″x40″
*Giclee Prints
(paper or canvas)
“Hosteen Klah”
Acrylic on Canvas
42″x34″

Following his service in the Marines, Al’s talent prompted tribal elders to award him a scholarship while he attended the Art Institute in Santa Fe. His style was already mature, but credentials do help a career. Studies at Northern Arizona University prepared Al even further.

Today Al has returned to his roots and paints eight to ten hours a day in his studio in Shonto, Arizona. In 2002 his work won Best of Division and Judges’ Choice Award at the prestigious Heard Museum Annual Native American Art Show and Sale. He is a content human being, alone with the land, his family, and his art. His trademark Navajo Yeii figures, often wrapped in blankets, continue to be his first artistic love and his most consistent theme. There is a story behind wrapping the Yeii. Tribal elders consider showing the world exact images of the traditional dress and body paint somewhat sacrilegious. Therefore, the use of the blanket covering sensitive details made the work more palatable to the elders.

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Established in 1992, Art Exchange Gallery has been providing art to live with for twenty years. We feature landscape paintings, Native American Indian art, portraits, drawing, sculpture, prints and jewelry. Some of our notable artists include Rance Hood, Al Bahe, Willie Murphy, Jeff tabor, Brad Price, Curtis Tabor, Taos artists, Santa Fe artists, Trinon Crouch, Richard Tashjian, (Armenian artist) and many others.