A scarce silkscreen print titled at lower left "Oldest Church in USA" by the noted Santa Fe artist and printmaker LOUIE EWING (1908-1983). The silkscreen is pencil signed by Ewing at right. The artist was a major force behind the introduction of the process into the Southwest, after encouragement from the Federal Art Project and WPA in the 1930's. Ewing was born in Pocatello, Idaho and after art training in California, he moved to Santa Fe in 1935, where he became especially well known for these prints, though he did work in other more traditional media. Ewing taught in the late 1940's at the Indian School in Santa Fe. Through his pioneering work in silkscreen, he paved the way for many who followed, including Woody Crumbo, Harrison Begay, and Gerald Nailor. Most of the prints show familiar landscapes and sights of New Mexico and the Southwest, or, saints and other religious imagery derived from Spanish New Mexico folk art. This example measures 7" by 4 7/8" inside the present mat and 12 1/4" by 10 1/2" in nice quality wood frame. The print is clean and ready for the wall.
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