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Art, Portrait, White Hawk, Nez Perce, Louis Shipshee, 1077

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Stunning signed oil on canvas portrait of “White Hawk, Nez Perce” done by famed self-taught Potawatomi artist Louis ShipShee. Beautiful color and incredible detail on the aged face of this Native American elder.

Louis ShipShee was born on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation near Mayetta, Kansas, in 1896. A self-taught artist, he became well-known among collectors of Native American art for his portraits of noted figures, past and present.

His most famous works were of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce and Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Sioux, both done on sheepskin. ShipShee also painted works on deer and elk skins as well as velvet and canvas.

He preferred to paint portraits, but ShipShee also produced a number of landscapes.  These often included buffalo. 

He served in the U.S. Army in World War I, stationed in Siberia. In the 1930s he worked as an instructor of interior decorating at Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas, where he also gave art lessons. His skills in interior decorating proved successful in both Oklahoma and California.

ShipShee married and returned to Topeka in the early 1950s. Proud of his heritage, he acquired a collection of Native American artifacts, often by trading his own paintings. He died in Topeka in 1975 and is buried in the reservation cemetery on land his father had set aside for that purpose.

  • artist: Louis Shipshee
  • affiliation: Potawatomi
  • hallmarks: White Hawk, Nez Perce By L. Shipshee-
  • materials: oil on canvas
  • art dimensions: 15 3/4" x 20"
  • light dust accretion
  • unframed
  • minor scratches
  • style: Art-1077
as sample

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