White Man Fire Sticks (Masterwork Canvas Edition), Giclee on Paper, Limited to 125, Dimensions: 39" x 29", Published 2012.
Warriors engaged in battle, a fine art first for Howard Terpning®. It is a moment captured with a veteran s eye: rarely does a soldier see or is aware of much in battle except what happens immediately around him. This is a classic Terpning, subtle and elegant to the eye because of a powerful and complex design beneath. It is a merging of "The Long Shot" and "The Force of Nature Humbles All Man."
"White Man Fire Sticks" was the last painting Howard completed before his phenomenally successful one-man retrospective "A Tribute to the Plains People." It was an image never before seen by the public and it was one of the most popular at the show.
The Native people were awestruck when they first saw firearms carried by the white man and how destructive they were, Terpning says. The early muskets were smooth bore flintlocks and, for their time, were very effective although such a weapon took time to re-load as opposed to the use of the bow and arrows.
To the first Americans, they seemed to be sticks that shot fire out of one end. These two Blackfoot warriors are engaged in a small skirmish with their enemy, possibly the Flatheads. This area is near the Swan River in the Flathead Valley of Montana.
"White Man Fire Sticks" is a rare action piece from Howard Terpning and the response to it has been extremely enthusiastic. It is available as two Fine Art Editions. The striking MasterWork Canvas is at 29" x 39" in an edition of 125. A beautiful and very affordable Paper Giclée measures 17 ½" x 23 ½" and part of an edition of 175.
Whether you are a longtime Terpning collector or considering purchasing your first, "White Man Fire Sticks" is an investment well worth making.
MEET HOWARD TERPNING When Howard Terpning’s paintbrush touches the canvas, there is a profound commitment behind its spirit, a vital force that drives the originality of each painting with a heartfelt purpose. The compassion, strength, and vulnerability that radiates from the canvas is not only a testament to his skills, but a reflection of the artist, and the man himself. Terpning has become one of the most lauded painters of Western art today and is considered by many a national treasure. He is amongst the rare group of artists to see his work sell for over a million dollars in his lifetime. This is not only a rating of the mastery of his skills as an artist, but of his employment of them to allow the viewer to experience the deep respect for people and nature that drives his art. Born in Illinois and educated at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the American Academy of Art, Terpning first gained attention through his advertising and editorial illustrations. His vision became the force behind such classic movie posters as “The Sound of Music”, “Dr. Zhivago”, and the 1967 re-issue of “Gone with the Wind”. Always a Marine, Terpning answered the call again, making combat patrols around Da Nang with a camera and sketch pad for the Corps in Vietnam during 1967, but his love of the West and Native American traditions fueled his transition to fine art. He has become known as the Storyteller of the Native American because of his devotion and respect for the Plains Indian. The late Fred A. Myers, director of the Gilcrease Museum, said of Terpning, “He is simply the best and best-known artist doing Western subjects at this point. He is among a very small group of painters of the West in the late 20th century whose art will still be hanging in museums and appreciated a hundred years from now.” His work has been exhibited around the world and collected in museums including the Autry National Center, the Phoenix Museum, and the Booth Western Art Museum, along with many of the most prestigious private collections today.
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