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Art, Frame, Hand Painted by Will Evans, Shiprock Trading Post, Historic 1930

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This unique work is a hand-painted wooden frame, circa 1930, by the interesting Will Evans. Evans was the owner of Shiprock Trading Post in New Mexico and he had an insatiable urge to paint, and this polychromatic frame is one of his crafty creations. The colorful creation is a contrasting complement to the black-and-white Pennington photo from the Navajo series. 

Recommended Reading:  Painting With a Passion: Will Evans and the Navajo.  A Farmington Museum Exhibit catalog, August 30, 2001 to April 21, 2002, Farmington, New Mexico

“Will Evans (1877-1954) was the owner of the trading post in Shiprock, New Mexico from 1917 to 1948, and from there it passed on to another family with a long history in the region, the Foutzes.

Evans was fascinated with Navajo ceremonial art, attended countless ceremonies and sings and was allowed to sketch images from sand paintings, which served as the inspiration for his painted objects.

He had a seemingly insatiable thirst to paint; he decorated the interior and exterior of the Shiprock Trading Post, chairs, tables, picture frames, whiskey bottles and coffee cans, and was even known to adorn the shells of his children’s pet turtles. A self taught artist, he worked as a coal miner and farmer in the Four Corners region before becoming an Indian trader. Over the course of his life, he also served as a state legislator, a recorder of oral histories, and as City Police Judge.

His work has been the subject of a show at the Farmington Museum “Will Evans and the Navajo” and his interviews of neighbors and friends formed the backbone of the book “ Along Navajo Trails.” Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to present a collection of folk art by a true American original, whose colorfully painted objects are perfectly evocative of a bygone era.” - Shiprock Trading Post
  • artist: Will Evans
  • affiliation: owner of Shiprock Trading Post
  •  gallery sticker on verso: "Will Evans hand painted frame with Pennington photo, from Navajo series ca 1930. Shiprock Trading Post, Shiprock N.M. $1600"
  • pencil inscription on verso: "Deha's older brother / Teec Nos Pas"
  • materials: wood, paint
  • dimensions: 15 1/4" x 11 1/2", opening is 9 1/2" x 7 1/2"
  • wire hanger
  • vintage condition
  • scattered scuffs, scratches and nicks commensurate with age
  • crazing to paint in some areas
  • style number: ART-1161
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