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    RICK GRIFFIN (American, 1944-1991)
    Steer Skull Over Monument Valley and Southwest Desert
    Spray paint on board
    18 x 11.5 in.
    Not signed

    After traveling in Monument valley and the Southwest Rick enthusiastically began incorporating various interpretations into his art. The buffalo or bison skull can be identified by the shape of the head and the horns as a classic Southwestern desert icon. For many years wild bison's provided a key food source and hides for the American Indian people. Dried buffalo skulls were plentiful and the Indians used them in ceremonial dances, especially the Sun Dance. When cowboys came along they too hunted bison.

    Whenever Rick visited the Southwest, he would see dried and sun bleached buffalo skulls hanging on walls in roadside dinners and in trading posts. All these images were of influence and this airbrush on board piece was created following a spirited journey.

    PROVENANCE:
    Acquired from the Rick Griffin Estate.

    From the Collection of Peter Golding.


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