5118-01 Paper Drawing of Running Horses by "Chief Water Flower;
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12" x 18" Ink on signed Signed and little symbols in corners “2-21-2980. This was done upside down, I’m a Great Grand Son of the Great NEZ PERCE’S Indian War Chief Joseph 1832-1904”. 1/8th “ tear upper right corner.
Overall in very good condition. Has minor wear at edges as pictured; minor creasing, pin holes and some corner wear. Ready for framing! Shows very nicely.
Owners Notes: It was after midnight when Chief Witer Flower sketched the 2nd drawing so that's why one is dated 2-21-1980 and the other one is dated 2-22-1980. Both are on paper from a sketch pad. These were given to me by the artist. He was in a bar in Fresno, CA and he drew them upside down as I watched. I loved him, bought him a meal and drink - he gave them to me.
Original Chief Waterflower Sketch - The Upsidedown Artist
Chief Waterflower was a little known Native American artist and medicine man who got peoples attention for his practice of drawing upside down. His workplace was often a table at the local bar in South Dakota. He would often sketch in a drawing tablet but a napkin or place mat could fill in when the tablet was unavailable. He would amaze people by drawing upside down right in front of them while passing along a few lessons in drawing or in living. He was known to give the drawings away to those who showed interest. This particular work, done on a place mat type paper, is special because it has the handwritten label by Chief Waterflower himself stating: "This was done upside down. I'm a great grandson of the great Nez Perce's Indian warrior Chief Joseph 1840-1924".