Crow Dance

Crow Dance

Rick Bartow, Wiyot, 1946-2016
Born: Newport, OR
Work Locations: South Beach, OR
United States
Acrylic paint and graphite on unstretched canvas
Gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D.

Rick Bartow (Wiyot)
Crow Dance, 2014
Acrylic paint and graphite on unstretched canvas
73 x 96 in.  
© Rick Bartow
Denver Art Museum: Gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D., 2018.606

This object is currently on view
height: 73 in, 185.4200 cm; width: 96 in, 243.8400 cm
Signed BLC "Bartow 014"
Native Arts
Indigenous Arts of North America

Rick Bartow drew inspiration from his Wiyot ancestry and was influenced by contemporary artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Fritz Scholder. In this painting, Bartow combines a human form with a crow in a state of transformation. Metamorphosis or transformation are central themes in Bartow’s work, which is reflected in his painting technique. The overlapping human and animal forms were achieved through repeated application, removal, and smudging of acrylic paints and graphite.


Known Provenance
Lent 2016 by Froelick Gallery to Denver Art Museum; purchased 2018 by Loren G. Lipson M.D. from Froelick Gallery; gifted 2018 to the Denver Art Musuem
Exhibition History
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017

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