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 Gerald A. (or Lloyde) Nailor  (1917 - 1952)



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Lived/Active: New Mexico / Mexico      Known for: native figure, genre, wildlife, mural

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BIOGRAPHY for Gerald Nailor
1917 (Pinedale, New Mexico)
1952 (Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico)

New Mexico / Mexico

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Biography from Adobe Gallery:
Gerald Nailor (1917-1952)

"In 1937, Nailor shared a studio in Santa Fe with Allan Houser. His paintings were exhibited in the home of Mrs. Hall Adams from 1943 to 1952. At the time of his death, he was living with his family at Picuris Pueblo, NM.  Tragically, Nailor was only 35 years old when [he] died from injuries received in an attempt to help a woman whose husband was brutally beating her." (Snodgrass, 1968.)

Nailor's paintings are among the more rare of the Dorothy Dunn students' works, because of his early death.  He was an extraordinary artist whose work was of the finest detail.

Biography from Colorado Historical Society:
Gerald Nailor, Navajo artist, was born in 1917 in Pinedale, New Mexico. From the time of his marriage to a Picuris Indian woman until his death in 1952, he lived in Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico. His formal art study was obtained in two years at the U. S. Indian School in Santa Fe; a year of study under the Swedish muralist Olaf Nordemark. While the greater part of his work stemmed from his vivid imagination and knowledge of Navajo myth, his interest in design and color of wildlife is also a notable source of picture material.

Mr. Nailor exhibited at the Museum of New Mexico, the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Philbrook Institute, and the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. He illustrated a number of books for the Indian Service and his murals decorate the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, Mesa Verde National Park, and the Navajo Council House in Window Rock, Arizona."

Submitted by Alisa Zahller, Associate Curator, Decorative and Fine Arts Department Colorado Historical Society and Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203.

Accompanying note from Alisa Zahller: "This information came from a leaflet associated with one of our accessions, it was printed by Tewa Enterprises. No publication date is noted".

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