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Native American Narrative Opens at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona Arizona

White Canyon by Baje Whitethorne, Sr., oil on canvas, 16"h x 40"w at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.“White Canyon” by Baje Whitethorne, Sr., oil on canvas, 16”h x 40”w. At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.

Sedona, AZ:  Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens “Native American Narrative: The Art of Baje Whitethorne, Sr.” on 1st Friday, May 6, from 5-8 pm. The esteemed Navajo artist will attend the opening to meet visitors and speak more about the rich sense of story conveyed in each of his paintings.

Baje Whitethorne, Sr. was born on the vast Navajo Reservation where his family still has land with a peach orchard and collection of houses and other buildings; the artist calls it home no matter where he lives. It is land where stories remain for a very long time and Whitethorne’s paintings draw from them, their sense of subject, place and memory.

A successful career began for Baje Whitethorne, Sr. literally by accident: In the mid-‘70s, as a young man, Whitethorne was seriously injured at his job as a boilermaker. He had close to a year and a half of recuperation to consider his next move and his thoughts turned to how much he loved art and to the encouragement his teachers had always given him.

Yei, Square Heads by Baje Whitethorne, Sr., oil on canvas, 12"h x 9"w at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, Arizona."Yei, Square Heads" by Baje Whitethorne, Sr., oil on canvas, 12"h x 9"w. At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.Over the following successful decades Baje Whitethorne, Sr. developed a distinctive style of painting with confident handling of his now-signature vibrant colors. His oil paintings reflect the rich culture and harmony of his Navajo homeland, all portrayed amid striking landscapes. Tales from his grandmother, stories she heard as a child of legends and the heroes of their people, are kept alive in his paintings. Yei figures take their place in the same reality in which Whitethorne captures the hogans in which stories were told and the canyons in which they lived. His roiling skies extend the power and force of nature that overlooks all.

Baje Whitethorne, Sr. has also illustrated eight children's books, authoring two of them. He has been awarded the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame for his talents. Awards and honors for his fine art are numerous. In 2014 he was honored in Flagstaff, Arizona with the Mayor’s Legacy Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Arts.

The paintings of Baje Whitethorne, Sr. can be seen at museums, galleries and private collections around the world. “Native American Narrative: The Art of Baje Whitethorne, Sr.” at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery runs through May 6.

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