This Native American Hand Carving Sculpture made of Utah Alabaster from the works of Native American Roy M Walters Jr, a renowned Navajo artist / sculptor. This is a signed piece that comes with a Polaroid snapshot of Roy himself in his gallery. It is in excellent condition with no damage or wear of any kind. If you or someone you know collects Native American artwork, this piece would make a wonderful addition to any collection.
Artist: Roy M Walters Jr.
Roy is a Native American artist of the Dine' (Navajo Tribe) of Arizona. Roy comes from the Bitterwater clan, "Todich'ii'nii" (maternal side) and is born for "One Who Walk Around clan," "Honaghaahnii" (paternal side).
Clanship is the essence and existence of a Navajo--being unique--and is very important to Roy as an artist.
Roy comes from a family of strong traditional heritage. Roy's grandfathers were well respected by their people for their knowledge and customs. Roy's distinguished Great-Grandfather, Scott Preston, was Vice Chairman of the Navajo Nation and also served as a Medicine Man for his tribe.
Roy attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and originally studied photography. He later studied painting further widening his artistic talent. While at the Institute, he also studied drawing, printmaking and ceramics.Roy later attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and studied two-dimensional art where he learned there was fierce competition in painting.
Roy's sculpting began from a spontaneous turn of events. "One day we were driving through the mountains of Utah and happened to come across some alabaster. "From that stone, I carved my first piece, which turned out great! I knew from that experience that sculpting was for me because it just came so naturally. I felt I knew what the stone wanted to become."
Since that fateful discovery, Roy has attended a marble carving workshop in Italy and learned from the masters the correct way of working stone. Roy works with professional carving tools manufactured in Italy, and a wide array of power tools.
Roy has gained recognition and status among fellow Indian sculptors. In addition, he has recently been recognized by several art magazines including Arizona Highways where he is recognized as the "New Generation of Indian Artists".