In this occasional series, Fine Art Today delves into the world of portraiture, highlighting historical and contemporary examples of superb quality and skill. This week we look at a contemporary masterwork that could soon land in your collection.
On Friday night (September 22, 2017) at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, a wonderful portrait of Blackfoot hunter Red Coat could be your next great acquisition. Painted by contemporary master Krystii Melaine, the picture is a powerful, intimate look into how Native Americans are keeping their heritage and traditions alive. In the work, Red Coat has paused to listen during his pursuit of game. A lance, bow and arrows, and his reliable horse are all he has — plenty to provide for his growing family.
“I enjoy pushing realism into a dissolving interplay of brushstrokes,” says the artist, “with a hint of landscape expressed as abstract bands of subtle colors.” Indeed, the patchy strokes create a patterned effect across the canvas, vibrating the surface and giving it life.
The Buffalo Bill Art Auction is still accepting last-minute online bidding, but interested parties must act before Friday, September 22 at 4 p.m. To learn more about this piece or view other available lots, visit the Buffalo Bill Art Auction.
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