The Symbols used by Helen in this piece are used frequently in her work when representing an eagle. Native Americans have a deep connection to, and respect for, the natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art.
Eagles are particularly revered for their ability to fly so close to the heavens, carrying the prayers of the people to the spirit world. Feathers of all birds, and especially eagles, are an iconic design in Native American jewelry and art.
Helen completed the original in December of 1980. This print is numbered 17 of 60 in the series.
- Original Copper Plate Etching by Helen Hardin (Santa Clara Pueblo)
- Titled “Guardians of the Mist” Numbered 17 of 60 in the series.
- Image size: 19” L x 19”W: Paper 23” L x 19” W
- Framed measures: 26 3/4” L x 25” W
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
Helen Hardin had only begun working with the etching process in 1980, making this etching among her earliest works. Sue Di Maio, an art dealer from California, Arizona, and Santa Fe, made it her mission to talk Helen Hardin into supplementing her acrylic painting with carefully controlled prints. She felt that Hardin could not keep up with the demand for her art if she only produced original paintings. At first, Hardin was not in agreement. She agreed to meet with Ricardo Ximenes of El Cerro Graphics for a primer in printmaking. Helen agreed to give printmaking a try. Fortunately, she loved it, and collectors world-wide love her prints.
For centuries the Pueblo people have created petroglyphs and pictographs depicting their relationship with the natural world. Fine art painting is a relatively new medium for Native American artists, first practiced in the early 20th century by young Pueblo artists who drew upon their traditions and Euro-American modernist painting. Pueblo painting has become a vibrant and innovative art form that often depicts contemporary subjects and reaches new audiences.
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