Paul Pletka Happy Kiowa Signed Acrylic Painting on Canvas Framed American SW

Sale price$28,000.00


A contemplative acrylic painting on canvas titled “Happy Kiowa” by American Southwest artist Paul Pletka. Hand signed on the bottom right side. A powerful portrait of an Indigenous man with his eyes closed, possibly in mediation or prayer. Referring to the title “Happy Kiowa,” the Kiowa people are a Native American tribe and an Indigenous people of the Great Plains of the United States. They migrated southward from western Montana into the Rocky Mountains in Colorado in the 17th and 18th centuries, and eventually into the Southern Plains by the early 19th century. In 1867, the Kiowa were moved to a reservation in southwestern Oklahoma. “Kiowa” means “the Principal People” to the tribe. A classic composition by Pletka using elements of Realism and Surrealism to illustrate the history and mythology found within Native cultures. Paul Pletka’s (1946- ) work is to be found in more than 40 private and public art collections, including in the Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA; Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, MO; Mel Pfaelzer Collection, University of Northern Illinois, De Kalb; the Norton Gallery & School of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; the United States Department of Interior, Washington, D.C.; and in the Albuquerque Art Museum, New Mexico. From a private collection, original gallery tag on verso. Dimensions: 31”h x 25”w x 1.25”d (framed). In exceptionally good vintage condition.

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