R. C. Gorman 1931-2005
Hand signed limited edition color lithographs
Rudolph Carl Gorman was a Navajo Indian artist who helped bring Native American culture and the mystical southwest desert landscape into the mainstream of American art. Using traditional stone lithography and pastel as his primary medium, Gorman’s colorful depictions of Navajo women are usually combined with a somewhat surreal and tranquil desert landscape that is very soothing and inviting. Featuring an incredibly beautiful and subtle melding of rich colors, these are some of the nicest quality stone lithograph prints available. The artist has had two books on his artwork published and has a long and interesting history.
R. C. Gorman Artist Biography
Born in 1931 in Chinle, Arizona, RC Gorman was raised in a traditional Navajo dwelling made of wood and mud. Gorman’s grandmother, who lived with the family, was a major influence in his life and his decision to become an artist. She would tell him all the Navajo legends and immersed him the stories and history of his ancestors. Gorman would draw images in the dirt and on nearby rocks while his family tended to their sheep in the surrounding desert canyons.
Gorman continued drawing and developed as an artist throughout his school years. After high school he served in the US Navy, and then went on to Northern Arizona University, where he studied art. He then entered the art program at Mexico City College after receiving a scholarship from the Navajo Tribal Council. It was here that he learned how to make traditional stone lithographs.
In 1968, Gorman opened a gallery in Taos, where he began to develop a following and exposed his work to a broad range of people. By the time of his death in 2005, He had participated in close to 100 solo exhibition of his work in galleries and museums around the United States and the world.
If you enjoy the landscape and culture of Southwestern U.S. Gorman’s artwork is a must see. We have one of the largest selections of RC Gorman signed limited edition lithograph prints for sale to be found anywhere. Please contact us at our art gallery in Massachusetts if you would like more information.