You know a painting is special when it’s the piece in an exhibition that the collectors just stand in front of for a long period of time and simply don’t say a word. And they keep coming back to do it again and again. If interrupted, they’ll return to it, intent on having the opportunity to enjoy a great work of art.
And in case we hadn’t picked up on that at the Masters of the American West art show in 2011, the phone calls coming in to ask us, When are you going to release it as a Fine Art Edition? were certainly another clue that demand would be high for this particular giclée canvas.
The winner of the 2011 Thomas Moran Award for Painting, “Among the Spirits of the Long-Ago People” is a magnificent work. Terpning begins with a simple common premise; the grandeur of nature can be sacred. He relates that emotion not by creating a landscape painting, but by focusing on the reverence these men have for what they see. The petroglyphs show that this is an ancient understanding. These men knew it to be so in their time, just as we do today. Their silence, as they take in the wonder about them, is not unlike that of the collectors we saw view this work for the first time.
Petroglyphs on rock formations indicate that the visitors are in a spiritual place, describes Howard Terpning, a place blessed by the long-ago people. Numerous locations like this exist throughout Montana and Wyoming, sometimes high on a mountain with a spectacular view of Mother Earth. For centuries, Indian people have made the journey to these sacred places to give thanks for their blessings and to pray for success in hunting and in battle. Today, they continue to visit these sacred places as their forebears did, leaving small pieces of trade cloth and handmade objects decorated with beads or feathers as gifts for the gods.
“Among the Spirits of the Long-Ago People” is available as a Fine Art Canvas. At 33″ x 35″ it is an impressive work that will majestically fill any large space. Our carefully crafted giclée canvas will give you the experience of owning this great work of art for significantly less than the price the original. Also available is a more moderately sized and wonderfully priced Fine Art Giclée Paper. Both editions, truly faithful reproductions of the original, are signed by Howard Terpning and numbered.
Collectors who waited too long to commit to “The Legend of Geronimo” missed out on what is a beautiful (and now hard-to-come-by) canvas or paper edition. Don’t wait too long and miss out again!
- Thomas Moran Award for Painting (2011)