Kiowa Pochoir Prints

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Kiowa Pochoir Prints

Greeting of the Moon God, 1929 - Jack Hokeah

Greeting of the Moon God by Jack Hokeah

Hummingbird dance, 1929 - Jack Hokeah

Hummingbird Dance by Jack Hokeah

native American pochoir print by Jack Hokeah

Kiowa Priest in Prayer by Jack Hokeah

Buffalo dance, 1929 - Jack Hokeah

Buffalo Dance by Jack Hokeah

pochoir print of American Indian dance ritual by J Hokeah

Ceremony Dance by Jack Hokeah

Self portrait dancing, 1929 - Spencer Asah

Self portrait dancing by Spencer Asah

Eagle dance, 1929 - Stephen Mopope

Eagle Dance by Stephen Mopope

1929 colour print of American Indian Eagle dance

Eagle Dance by Stephen Mopope

illustration of native American in traditional costume with flute

Flute Player by Stephen Mopope

Kiowa warrior on horse and wife standing by : American Indian print, 1929 - Stephen Mopope

Kiowa Warrior and Wife by Stephen Mopope

Squaw dance - native American illustration

Squaw Dance by Stephen Mopope

Medicine dance, 1929 - Monroe Tsatoke pochoir print

Medicine Dance by Monroe Tsatoke

Warrior wearing black clothing, 1929 - illustration by Monroe Tsatoke

Warrior Wearing Black Clothing by Monroe Tsatoke

pochoir illustration of 2 native American Warriors in dynamic pose 1929 - Monroe Tsatoke

Warriors by Monroe Tsatoke

[All images © the Estate of the respective artist]

"The Kiowa Five were a group of painters who earned national and international acclaim during the early twentieth century. The group actually consisted of six individuals, Spencer Asah, Jack Hokeah, Stephen Mopope, Monroe Tsatoke, Lois Smoky, and James Auchiah.

A number of the artists attended St. Patrick’s Mission School in Anadarko, Oklahoma, where they received art instruction from Sister Olivia Taylor. Susan Peters, a government field matron, also took an interest in the young artists' work. She arranged for an artist from Chickasha, Mrs. Willie Baze Lane, to provide art lessons. Eventually Ms. Peters persuaded Dr. Oscar Jacobson, head of the school of art at the University of Oklahoma, to provide additional training for the artists.

In 1926, Asah, Hokeah, Tsatoke, and Mopope arrived at the University. The artists were not officially enrolled, but they received special instruction from Jacobson and Dr. Edith Mahier, another professor in the school of art. In January 1927, Lois Smokey, a young Kiowa woman, arrived to study with the other artists. In spring, the artists were compelled to return home to attend to agricultral pursuits. They returned in the fall, accompanied by James Auchiah, the sixth and final student. Shortly thereafter, Lois Smokey withdrew from the program and returned home.

Dr. Oscar Jacobson arranged for the Kiowa artists’ paintings to be exhibited in 1928 at the First International Art Exposition in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In 1929, Kiowa Art, a portfolio of the artists' paintings was published in France."
Jack Hokeah was born in 1902 in western Oklahoma. He attended St. Patrick's Mission School in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He died on December 14, 1969.

Spencer Asah also known as Lallo (Little Boy) was born between 1905 and 1910 near Carnegie, Oklahoma. He attended various government Indian schools and St. Patrick's Mission School, Anadarko, Oklahoma. He died in 1954.

Stephen Mopope also known as Qued Koi (Painted Robe) was born on August 27, 1898 near Red Stone Baptist Church on the Kiowa Reservation. He attended St. Patrick's Mission School in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He died on February 3, 1974.

Monroe Tsatoke also known as Tsa To Kee (Hunting Horse) was born September 29, 1904 at Saddle Mountain, Oklahoma. He attended Rainy Mountain Indian School near Carnegie, Oklahoma and Bacone College. He died on February 3, 1937.

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