(early 20th century)
Mary Ellen was active/lived in Arizona. Mary Ellen is known for Navajo Indian figure and genre painting.
Biography Mary Ellen
Active in Arizona in the 1930s, Mary Ellen was one of the first Navajo artists to use watercolor to depict ceremonial genre of her culture. She is known for the exact detailing of dress of her Indian figures and for the richness of color she achieves with watercolor.
In 1936 and 1937, she studied in Santa Fe at the Studio of Dorothy Dunn. Among Ellen's paintings is Yeibichei Dance, which references supernatural deities, 'Yeibichei', and the ritual honoring them. The painting depicts a line of male dancers emerging from a hogan, and an equal number of female figures sitting on the ground outside the hogan.
Ellen's work was exhibited at the 1935 American Indian Exposition and Congress in Tulsa and the Co
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