Each year Degan Bela Gallery of San Antonio, Texas commissioned several southwest artists to create an iconic artwork poster for their annual events. Michael Atkinson and two others are only a few artists who were asked year after year to submit their art work. This signed print is simply titled Degan Bela and was sold at the gallery in the mid-1980s. As is so very typical of Atkinson work, the foreground is white and stark as it moves into the main subject- the beautiful Native American pottery. The women with pots on their heads and the stereotypical pueblo in the background evoke days long gone for most people. The blue of the background fades into the landscape creating thoughts of a typical New Mexico or Arizona sky. This print is signed by the artist.
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The matting on this picture is an acid free matte(s) for long term protection and to enhance the picture. Acid free mattes provide 75-100 years of protection against matte burn and brown marks which can decrease the value of a painting. The matting colors were selected to draw the eye into the picture complementing the artist’s selected brush work or towards a particular key element of the piece.
Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Maintained in the same family since originally purchased at Degan Bela Gallery in San Antonio, Texas