Fritz William Scholder V (American/La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indian, 1937-2005). Acrylic on canvas painting titled "Owl and Mouse" depicting an owl who has a freshly caught mouse in its beak, 2000. Signed along the upper right. Signed, titled, and dated along the verso.
Scholder spent much of his early life moving throughout the Midwest, living in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. At seventeen, he attended the Mid-West Art and Music Camp at the University of Kansas where he studied with Robert B. Green. As a freshman at Wisconsin State University, he studied with Arthur Kruk, James Grittner, and Michael Gorski. In 1957 he followed his family to Sacramento, California where he studied with Wayne Thiebaud. He has met and worked with numerous designers and artists including Lloyd Kiva New, Charles Loloma, Max Cole, John Heric, and Bruce McGrew.
His works often show the harsh, realistic side of Native Americans' lives and deaths including the effects of alcohol. His unique experience as a figure who never lived on or around other Native Americans allowed for a fresh perspective on Native American art, though it was sometimes controversial. He fused together Expressionism, Color Field, and Pop art to convey his perspective on his subjects.
Unframed; height: 30 in x width: 30 in. Framed; height: 32 in x width: 32 in.
The painting is in great condition with no rips, tears, or restorations. The colors are bold and bright and the surface is stable. There are areas where the paint has dripped down the canvas, likely original to the artistic process. Some light scratches or scuffs along the upper right; possibly original to the artistic process. Some soiling to the verso, likely original. Very light wear along the extreme edges of the canvas. No signs of restorations when inspected under UV light. Some light wear to the frame.
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