Kenneth Riley (1919-2015) Chiricahua Warrior 30 x 24in

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Lot 109
Kenneth Riley
(1919-2015)
Chiricahua Warrior 30 x 24in

Sold for US$ 81,250 inc. premium
Kenneth Riley (1919-2015)
Chiricahua Warrior
signed and inscribed 'Kenneth Riley ©' (lower right)
oil on Masonite
30 x 24in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The artist.
    Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1984.

    Exhibited
    Indianapolis, Indiana, Eiteljorg Museum, West of Camelot: Paintings by Ken Riley, June-October 1993, pp. 180-81, illustrated.
    Kerrville, Texas, Cowboy Artists of American Museum, CA Retrospective: Mehl Lawson and Kenneth Riley, July 16-October 1, 1997.

    Literature
    S.H. McGarry, Honoring The Western Tradition: The L.D. "Brink" Brinkman Collection, Kerrville, Texas, 2003, p. 145, illustrated.

    In a letter to L.D. Brinkman, the artist discussed the present work and the influences that inspired its subject:

    "Having lived in southeast Arizona and the area of the Chiricahua mountains, the Apache band of that name was part of the colorful legend that permeated my imagination. I had the opportunity to visit with pioneer ranch families, whose history tells of contact with figures like 'Cochise' and 'Geronimo.' The Warrior painting was a desire to portray the early Apache in a simple monumental way, with color that captures the feel of the canyon country."1

    1 Kenneth Riley, unpublished letter, 8 April 1990.
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