Since the 1980s I've collected folk art by Navajo artists, and this piece by Delbert Buck was an early piece of his and one of my first. First, a word about the artist: "Navajo Folk Artist Delbert Buck was born in Shiprock, New Mexico to Wilford and Jenny Buck in September of 1976. Delbert is self-taught and started at the ripe old age of nine. His artwork started in an innocent way with the carving of toy guns for his younger brothers. The idea of carving figures just came to him. He first thought of carving a horse as he is an avid lover and participant of rodeos, with his favorite event being bull riding." Soon Buck was carving bull riding but instead of bulls, the cowboy or cowgirl was riding things like zebras and golf carts and, as in the case here, airplanes. The piece has some wear, including a spot where the wood has cracked a bit on the underside. However, it's stable and solid. What drew me to the piece was just whimsical it was, and the Navajo woman's charming face, as well as the fact that she wears a real gemstone necklace that, while it looks like turquoise is more likely zoisite.
The sculpture measures 20-1/2" wide by 16" long and just under 13" tall. There are some spots where the paint and gesso have chipped away, plus that spot on the bottom where the wood has a crack. Weighs 3.5 pounds unpacked.
Absolutely wonderful piece to add to your collection of Navajo folk art!
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