preparing for the dance
I have a Jim Abeita painting that I feel is the best he has done, not only in style but also subject matter.
I feel he was (as we all were) captivated by Brownell Mc Grew's brightly colored Navajos and changed his style (which was successful for him). I feel Abeita's interruption of Navajo life was as beautiful,if not more so, for it's reality and honesty.
The colors are more subdued but are perfect in there hue and the light and structure of the piece is masterful. It is also a little less realistic and more impressionistic than most of his works I've seen.
You can smell the wet earth and feel the vastness of the reservation as you follow a muddy,rutted,water soaked, road after a passing summer storm, to the blanketed back of a standing woman, who is reflected, with the cloudy sky, in a puddle. She faces a half dozen young men preparing for a ceremonial dance, some in full feathers. They are dressing in front of two hogans, one of which has a pole ladder leaning against the side and both hogans if you look closely have TV antennas.
I feel this work is a master piece and I wish he would give up his portraits at least for a while and paint more of these types and styles because he is that good and I think he can still show the world his true talent by letting go of a style he adopted not the one God had granted him.
I LUV MY GRANDPA!!!
D. K. Abeita
My eldest brother
Thank you all for your kind words, pertaining to the WORKS of my brother. He has managed through many trials and has overcome many obstacles. He is the BEST, and the FIRST to have made it this big. Love you JIM... Your sis, Debz
I have an Abeita painting of small indian girl facing me with back of womans head holding her. I wondered approximately what year it was painted? Also I would love to know more about the artist. I love the painting!
I have this painting that my great aunt gave me. It was done by Jim Abeita and named The Ya's. The painting is of a couple of men riding horses crossing a river with a mountain in the background. My great aunt and her husband used to own/run a calender company. I think this painting might be one that was put into one of their calenders? If anyone has any information to pass along it would be appreciated. thanks
I just purchased an Abeita oil also, it is a 24x36 , it is a Mother and Child(the babe on her back like a papoose, just shows the heads), very subtle colors and long brush strokes, I too am hoping it is an original...anyone have a clue?
I have an Abeita oil of the upper torso of a young woman sleeping. The colors are shades of brown/tan and cream/white. The painting is approx 18x14 inches and was done in the late 60s. In the back of the frame is a printed vita of Abeita with a headshot photo. Can you tell me anything about this work? Thanks.
i have a painting of indian cheif on an drum. that jimmy abeita painted . can't find out anything on it.
Hello all, If you have any questions for Mr. Abeita, I will be glad to get some answers for you. E-mail me with the topic Jimmy Abeita
It seems like I, along with many others, purchased 2 Abeita's in the early 70's, one of which is a "blue" nude. The other is what I call the "wild man", a very non-Indian looking fellow with a ton of hair. Even when I purchased them I wondered if these were originals or part of some duplication process. Anybody have any ideas?
I am from New Mexico, and knew Jimmy, he was a close friend of my Mother "Joy Goodale" we owned a Bar in Continental Divide, NM, and Jimmy would visit on occasional dance nights. My mother was fond of White Buffalos and asked Jimmy to paint her one. My mother died of a tragic death in 1982, soon after my father received the painting. The painting was a beautiful white buffalo, my father sold the painting a few years after my mothers death. I wish I could find it. The painting belongs to my family, it is signed "To Bob, Joy and family" If anyone has seen or know the whereabouts of this painting, please notify me, thanks
Cowboy and Blue Nude
I have 2 Abeita oils purchased in late 60's in San Francisco. One blue nude who I believe to be his wife and one grey and black cowboy who has been my favorite thing since I was small and now graces my walls. Any stories out there??
everything happens for a reason
To make a very long, long story short. I convinced my aunt and uncle to give me a picture that I cried over (a whole other story in itself) for so many years. Since I was little it remimded me of someone I loved since I was just a boy it looks just like her!!! Anyway the painting is called "THE SMILE-OF ALL INDIAN DAYS" Call it fate or just irony... I love it. It's from a calender or something. Are you the artist? Thank you so much for painting her. (sigh) G-d bless you.
Being a poor foriegn student in the United States between 1967 and 1973 I had the erge to purchase 3 paintings made by him. These pictures were with me all the time hanging in my bedroom. Only lately I found out what was the reson for buying them even though we were short on cash to pay for tuition and other needs.
I began looking for more information about this artist when I was researching a painting we have. It is a beautiful nude done in muted tones and pastel oils. It was purchased in 1971 and has graced our bedroom walls ever since. Having seen some of his other works, thanks to the internet, I marvel at the range of style this artist has. I thank him for his work, and hope he continues to paint for many more years to come.
I really like your art it's beautiful work and touched me in a speical way and I thank you for that. Keep doing what your doing. I love it.
Jim was born in Crownpoint, New Mexico. He is the first born male from a complete family of 16. Both his mother and Aunt were blood sisters who married the same man. Thus, allowing the family to hold a total of 16 siblings.