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Fritz Scholder (1937 - 2005)

A prolific painter, sculptor, lithographer, teacher, mentor and bookmaker; Fritz Scholder changed Native American art forever and didn't even consider himself part of Native America. Born in 1937 in Breckenridge, Minnesota, Scholder's grandmother was Luiseno, a California Mission tribe. But he was raised in North and South Dakota and Wisconsin. He knew from a very early age when he sold his first painting to a grade-school friend for four dollars that he wanted to be an artist.

Fritz finished his first year at Wisconsin State University when his father moved the family to Sacramento, California. This was an important event for Scholder's future because he enrolled at Sacramento State University in 1957 where he studied with Wayne Thiebaud who introduced him to abstract expressionism and also gave him an opportunity to show his work to the public. The work he showed with Thiebaud, Gregory Kondos and Peter Vandenberg received excellent reviews. His next one-person exhibit was at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

In 1960 Scholder was granted a Rockefeller Foundation full scholarship for the Southwestern Indian Art Project at the University of Arizona. After receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree he moved to Santa Fe to teach painting and history at the newly formed Institute of American Indian Arts. This was another eye-opening experience for Fritz to see the anger and alienation the Native Americans were feeling. Even though he was one quarter Luiseno, he never lived on a reservation or around other Native Americans. So he had a unique perspective on the Native American experience. He tried to break long-standing clichés by doing a pop art series on unconventional subject matter in which he sought to deconstruct romantic images of Native America. Because the work was so controversial, he is sometimes considered a Postmodernist for his use of "mass-culture social commentary."

After five years at IAIA he resigned and traveled to Europe and North Africa determined to make his living by doing his art. He then purchased a small home with a studio on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. In 1970 he was invited by the Tamarind Institute to do a large body of lithographs called Indians Forever. In the same year, he had his first one-man show at the Lee Nordness Galleries. He lectured at many universities and art conferences including Princeton and Dartmouth College and in 1972 was invited by the Smithsonian Institution to do a two-person show with T.C. Cannon.

In 1975 Fritz produced his first etchings through El Dorado Press in Berkeley, California. His etchings, lithographs and photographs became very successful, and he was featured at the Heard Museum, Oklahoma Art Institute and a documentary on PBS. From the 1970s on, his awards are many in addition to five honorary degrees from Ripon College, University of Arizona, Concordia College, The College of Santa Fe and the first honorary degree from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. A humanitarian Award from the 14th Norsk Hostfest followed. His love of teaching caused him to become a major influence on an entire generation of Native American artists and created the foundation of what is now known as contemporary American Indian art. Scholder died on February 10, 2005 at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

1. Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Hostorical Center
2. Leading the West, the Modern Vision, by Patricia Janis Broder
3. Harwood Art Museum
4. Autry National Center

Original work by Fritz Scholder (1937-2005)

Selected works in our current inventory:

Images are not to scale.

"Eskimo Mask No 2"
acrylic on color paper- 1971
18" H  x 24" W

"Carnival #13"
oil on canvas - 1988
20" H x 16" W

"New Mexico" (first state)
five color lithograph 9/120 - 1974
  30" H x 22" W

"Indian with Cat"
four color lithograph AP edition of 100 - 1973
  30" H x 22" W

"Tired Indian"
lithograph ed 5 of 50  - 1971
  11" H x 7" W

"Woman with Cloud"
bronze edition 7/20 - 1980
  15" H x 5" W  x 2 1/2" D

"Cat Woman "
one color lithograph edition AP - 1971
  10 1/2" H x 7" W

"American Family"
one color lithograph AP edition of 115 - 1974
  22" H x 30" W

The Odyssey #2 (state III)
three color lithograph, edition of 50 - 1976
30" H x 22" W

"Indian with Shield" (first state)
three color lithograph ed. 16/100 - 1973
  15" H x 11" W

"Crow Indian"
one color lithograph 29/50 - 1971
  11 1/4" H x 7" W

"Indian in Spotlight"
one color lithograph ed. 3/20 - 1972
  22" H x 17 1/4" W

"Buffalo Dancer, New Mexico"
four color lithograph 55/75 - 1975
  30" H x 22" W"

Dakota Winter Night #2" (first state)
two color lithograph AP edition of 50 - 1973
  22" H x 30" W"

"Indian Portrait #2"
lithograph edition 14 of 100  - 1972
  15" H x 11" W

"Woman in Orange Chair"
lithograph ed. artist proof - 1971
  22" H x 30" W

"Mystery Woman with Coat"
monotype - c. 1970s
22 1/4" H x 17 3/4" W - SOLD

"Indian Land"
lithograph  AP edition 50/50 - c. 1970's
  9" H x 7 1/2" W - SOLD

"Red Teepees"
pen & fugitive ink on Arches paper- 1971
11 3/4" H  x 14 3/4" W - SOLD

"Blue Face"
acrylic on paper - 1983
22" H x 15" W - SOLD

"Storm #1"
31" H x 40 1/2" W - SOLD

"Indian at Gallup Bus Depot"
oil on canvas - 1969
  40" H x 30" W - SOLD

"Indian on Horse"
acrylic on paper - c. 1980's
  30 3/4" H x 22" W - SOLD

"Indian with Shield"
lithograph ed 6 of 20  - 1973
  15" H x 11" W - SOLD

"Navajo Woman"
ink on light weight wove paper - c. 1970
  11 3/4" H x 7. 3/4" W - SOLD

"Another Matinee Cowboy"
lithograph artist proof  - 1984
  14" H x 11" W - SOLD

"Indian with Feather Fan"
lithograph (second state) Ed 33/50  - 1975
  30" H x 22" W - SOLD

    "Bouquet #3 - Blue Flowers"
oil on canvas - 1993
  18" H x 16" W - SOLD

"Pueblo Dancers"
acylic on canvas- 1969
10" H x 12" W - SOLD

  "Dancers at Zuni"
color lithograph AP edition of 150 - 1978
  22" H x 30" W - SOLD

"Native Portrait"
lithograph  AP edition #6/20 - 1971
  11" H x 6 3/4" W - SOLD

  "Indian with Pipe Bag"
lithograph  AP edition of 50 - 1971
  9" H x 7 1/2" W - SOLD

"Night Pueblo, Taos Pueblo"
lithograph edition 47/50 - 1974
  6" H x 4" W - SOLD