Honan Mana is a printer’s proof with appropriate chop marks in the lower left. This is a seven stone hand-pulled lithograph printed on buff Arches paper, which is mold-made in France. There were two printer’s proofs made. Naravisa Press made two additional printer’s proofs for their own records. This is one of those two NPI printer’s proofs. Original print documentation from the printer accompanies this work.
A printer’s proof is that first copy taken from the original work of art from which limited edition prints are made. Typically, the printer makes only a handful of printer’s proofs, making these only one step removed from the original work of art and exceedingly rare.
The style and content of Dawangyumptewa’s work are reflective of his Hopi background and Water Clan affiliation. “The majority of my paintings are thought of as mythical or spiritual subject pieces. By allowing the viewer to play and expand their imagination, the discovery of a mystical environment in the mind’s eye is the ultimate reason for creativity. My paintings reveal a part of myself through consciously developed symbolism, as well as traditional regional life ways. These are images that tell of my loves- family relationships, religious upbringing and observations.”
Arches of turquoise and coral suggest a cave opening with subtle strokes of what might be rushes at the entrance. Hopi maiden’s mouth is open and her butterfly whirls are portrayed in beautiful turquoise and coral colors. The heart line of the bear is a bright coral, suggesting the strength of his heart; the strength of the bear clan is very evident. Japanese gold leaf is scattered across the layered composition like sparkling stars.
This beautiful printer’s proof is protected on an acid free foam core board and is shrink wrapped to shield it from the elements.
Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Purchased from Naravisa Press in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Recommended Reading: Biographical Directory of Native American Painters by Patrick D. Lester.