HERE’S A BEAUTIFULLY FRAMED ORIGINAL SIGNED, NUMBERED, AND DATED 2000 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC POSTER-PRINT THAT DISPLAYS THREE AMAZINGLY CARVED STUDIO ART POTTERY VASES / VESSELS CREATED BY NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO INDIAN ARTIST BOB LANSING WHICH PICTORIALLY REPRESENT THE WOLF AND BEAR!
Please Note: The item being sold in this listing is an artist-signed color photographic poster-print. For those who have cognitive difficulties understanding the difference, the color poster-print photographically depicts an image of three Bob Lansing studio art pottery vases. But there are no actual pottery vases/vessels. For those who do not have cognitive difficulties, thank you for understanding the difference.
And Please Note: This hand-signed color photographic poster-print still retains its original wood-inlay frame, double-matting, and glass, as well as its original paper backing! The design of the wood inlay on the frame consists of a continuous narrow border of small connecting feathers.
Dimensions: The color photographic poster-print itself that can be viewed within the matte board measures approximately fifteen inches (15”) in height by seventeen inches (17”) in width but it is most likely larger as it extends underneath the matting. The overall dimensions of the wood-inlay frame are approximately twenty four and one half inches (24 ½”) in height by twenty six and one half inches (26 ½”) in width.
Signature: Navajo artist Bob Lansing hand-signed, numbered, dated, and personally inscribed this color photographic poster-print in the bottom right corner area as follows: “Bob Lansing Navajo ’00 To Sue & Steve Thanks 716/1000” along with Lansing’s hand-drawn iconic feather imagery and the copyright symbol.
Condition: The color photographic poster-print itself is in excellent and clean condition – absolutely beautiful! The wood-inlay frame is generally in excellent and clean condition with a few small scuffs here and there and a few along the bottom edge. And the frame’s original paper backing is fully intact and clean but does have several taped over puncture-tears. But overall, still very nice!
Domestic buyer pays calculated shipping for secure packing and USPS priority within the United States. I no longer ship internationally due to the high volume of scams taking place. Sorry.
BOB LANSING BIO (information courtesy the website for the historic Cameron Trading Post)
Native American artist Robert (Bob) Lansing specializes in pottery which features detailed etchings of animals combined with Native American designs. His pieces embody the heart and soul of his Navajo heritage and the beliefs of his people. Bob was born in Cortez, Colorado in 1966. He was born to the Towering House Clan (his mother’s clan) and the Red House Clan (his father’s clan). Robert is the youngest of 11 children in his family. Robert’s late mother, Helen Benally Lansing, was a weaver of fine Navajo rugs. His father, Dan Lansing, was a noted Navajo Medicine Man. Robert remembers his father as a "healer of minds". Robert’s work is deeply influenced by his father and grandfather as well as his brother-in-law, William Yazzie. Yazzie, a well known Navajo potter, taught Bob the skills of carving pottery. Through hard work and dedication, the blending of geometric patterns, the use of feathers (very important to the Navajo) portraying wildlife and birds became Bob’s own hallmarks. Lawrence Crank, a Navajo potter, taught Bob the art of wheel throwing. Bob returned this gift by teaching Lawrence the art of carving.
Because of careful planning and inspiration, no two pieces of Bob’s pottery are alike. Bob uses two mediums in creating his unique pottery pieces. His red bowls are made of New Mexico red clay while his white bowls are made of "White Haggie" porcelain from Salt Lake City. Bob begins by throwing the pieces by hand on the wheel. He lets them dry slowly, trims and shapes the base and then paints the piece with the colors he desires using ceramic paint. Each layer of paint is permitted to dry before the next one is applied. When the pieces are painted, Bob begins the carving process. He carves through the painted layers to the color he desires. He uses specialized tools to create the intricate detail that is the signature of his work. The pottery is then kiln fired for six hours and permitted to gradually cool for 12 hours. Bob then applies the final, very finely detailed "sgraffito," or "incising" and other finishing touches to his work.
Bob’s family heritage and Navajo beliefs are a part of every piece he creates. Bob explains he likes to use "Little Brother", the bear, in his designs. Greatly revered in Navajo culture, Little Brother protected the Navajo during their journeys through the other Navajo worlds. Because the bear is sacred to his people, he goes through a ceremony with a medicine man that will purify him and permit him to use the bear in his carvings.
Bob was awarded first place out of 168 artists by Ronald Reagan in the National Arts and Crafts Contest in 1986 when he was only 20 years old. His work was featured in the Arizona Highway magazine in 1992 and he is in a book entitled "Enduring Tradition: The Arts of the Navajo". Bob Lansing’s artwork has been displayed throughout the Southwest, in Washington D.C., California, and in foreign countries such as England and Germany.
Bob is a devoted family-oriented man who does everything he can to provide for his family’s happiness. His wife, Loretta, shares the talent of making pottery and is a great help to the business. Bob Lansing’s authentic Southwestern pottery is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary art. His artwork reflects his life and lifestyle, a humble down-to-earth man, yet confident in his great talents. A smile is never far away from Bob as he observes the beauty of life, his family and the world around him. Those who have never seen Bob’s work are in for amazement. Those who know Bob and his talents hound him to see his latest pieces. Bob Lansing’s work is regularly displayed in art shows across the country, including the Pueblo Grande Museum Show in Phoenix, the Colorado Indian Market in Denver and the Texas Indian Market in Arlington. Bob maintains a booth at the Four Corners Monument and has a small gallery in Cortez, Colorado.