Oil on canvas painting of California mountains, a line of back lit trees in the middle ground, 18" by 23 1/2" (26 1/2" by 33" in vintage frame), signed at lower right by well listed California and western artist JOE WAANO-GANO (1906-1982). Waano-Gano was of Cherokee heritage. Born in Salt Lake City, he moved to Los Angeles while still young, studying at UCLA and USC with Theodore Lukits and Christian von Schneidau. He was a familiar figure in the Hollywood area for many years, and worked for the motion picture studios. Today we see by his hand in the marketplace California landscapes, and paintings of the Southwest featuring indians, pueblos, and blue skies with billowing clouds. The artist designed indian motifs for textiles, and painted murals, while exhibiting throughout the 1930's and 1940's at the California Art Club and the San Fernando Art Club, the Los Angeles Art Museum, and Los Angeles City Hall. A leader in the western Native American community, he was a ceremonial dancer and an active figure in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It is said that after a 1961 automobile accident, he was unable to paint again, though he continued to lecture on art of the American Indian. This work is in very good condition. A light cleaning would be beneficial though not mandatory. Note the original circa 1950 label on reverse. The present frame though vintage adds I think a distracting busyness to the scene (I think the paint on the frame was added by a previous owner).
JOE WAANO-GANO (1906-1982) California plein air mountain landscape by noted artist of Native American heritage