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Howard Terpning - PREPARING FOR THE SUN DANCE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          PREPARING FOR THE SUN DANCE
by Howard Terpning

$175.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 22 1/4"w x 26 1/2"h.
Published: March 1987


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To the Blackfeet Indians, the Sun Dance was the supreme expression of their religion. It was a young man's way of proving, by self-torture, that he was ready to become a warrior. The part of the ceremony in this painting shows the young man being painted with holy, white paint. The black dots under the eyes were made with tear paint. The sage around his head, wrists and ankles was taken from inside the sweat lodge and was considered sacred. He holds an eagle bone whistle in his hand which he will place in his mouth and blow on when the self-torture begins. The Sun Dance ceremony was a very lengthy and complicated ritual and this brief description doesn't being to describe its significance.


Howard Terpning
Quite simply, Howard Terpning is one of the most lauded painters of Western art. His awards are so numerous and he is honored with them so often, that to list them would require changing the count every few months. To name three would be to cite the highest prizes awarded to Western art: countless awards from the Cowboy Artists of America, the Hubbard Art Award for Excellence, the National Academy of Western Artís Prix de West and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Autry National Center. Why such praise? Passion, compassion, devotion and respect for his subject matter, extraordinary talent in palette and brushstroke, an exceptional ability to evoke emotion both in his paintings and from those viewing them ó all this and more has made Terpning the "Storyteller of the Native American." Born in Illinois and educated at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the American Academy of Art, he first gained attention with his captivating advertising and story illustrations. Film fans praised his movie posters for such classics as The Sound of Music, Dr. Zhivago and the re-issue of Gone with the Wind. But his love of the West and Native American traditions saw his transition to fine art. Terpning is an Emeritus member of the Cowboy Artists of America, active for 22 years, during which time he was presented with a total of 41 awards. His book, The Art of Howard Terpning won the Wrangler "Outstanding Art Book" award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Terpning was recently honored with a one-man show at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana featuring 30 of the artistís most distinguished works where he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This career milestone was further celebrated with the publication of Spirit of the Plains People (2001, Greenwich Workshop Press). Terpning is the recipient of the Autry National Center, 2005 Masters of the American West Thomas Moran Memorial Award, given in recognition of exceptional artistic merit for painting.

 

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