Beatien Yazz Framed Painting

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Beatien Yazz Framed Painting
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Beatien Yazz grew up in two worlds; his artwork became a product of his duel upbringing in Anglo and Native worlds. Born in the trade post town of Wide Ruins, Arizona, Yazz, also known as Jimmy Toddy, discovered art early in life. His Navajo name means "little no shirt." As a child, Yazz would draw on canyon walls with stones without wearing a shirt. His passion for drawing caught the attention of the local Trade Post owner, Bill Lippincott. Lippincott noticed the boy's gifts early, and gave the young artist his first set of painting materials at the age of seven. By the time he was ten, Yazz's work was on display at the Illinois State Museum. Yazz, like many other Native children attended boarding schools. For a short time, he was educated at the Santa Fe Indian School and later attended the Sherman Indian School. Yazz was drafted into the Marines in 1945 and was trained as a Navajo code talker, before leaving the service in 1946. Early in his career as an artist, Yazz illustrated two books with Alberta Hannuum, Spin a Silver Dollar (1944), and Paint the Wind (1951). Yazz began painting professionally again in the late 50s and and enjoyed several years of fame and artistic growth. Yazz was active until 1991, when he stopped painting due to his deteriorating eyesight. [REF: Joan Marter, The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art]. This is a framed piece that features an eagle purched, looking for prey. The piece measures 6.05" x 9.05" and is mounted on a blue matte. The frame measures 14" x 11." Yazz's signature can be see in the lower right corner.City: County: State: AZDate: c1980