The geography of the Southwest, painted and illuminated

An artist of Kiowa and Caddo descent blends traditional and modern styles.

  • Self portrait in the Studio, 1975

    Reproduced by permission of the Estate of T.C. Cannon. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon; Of God and Mortal Men, MNMP
  • A Remembered Muse (Tosca), 1978

    Reproduced by permission of the Estate of T.C. Cannon. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon; Of God and Mortal Men, MNMP
  • Grandmother Gestating Father and the Washita River Runs Ribbon-Like, 1975

    Reproduced by permission of the Estate of T.C. Cannon. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon; Of God and Mortal Men, MNMP
  • Waiting for the Bus (Andarko Princess), 1977

    Reproduced by permission of the Estate of T.C. Cannon. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon; Of God and Mortal Men, MNMP
  • Washington Landscape with Peace Medal Indian, 1973

    Reproduced by permission of the Estate of T.C. Cannon. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon; Of God and Mortal Men, MNMP

 

A painted self-portrait shows a figure wearing aviator sunglasses and sporting a red bandanna around his neck, seated in front of a large window looking out upon a stylized landscape of gold and purple hills, reminiscent of northern New Mexico. An African mask and a classic painting appear in the background, testament to the diverse sources from which the artist, T.C. Cannon, drew inspiration.

Of God and Mortal Men celebrates the work of Cannon (1946-1978), an artist of Kiowa and Caddo descent whose vibrant paintings blend traditional Native American and contemporary Southwestern imagery. Essays on his life and work accompany sketches, poems and color plates of his paintings. Cannon’s art “asserts itself within the geography of the Southwest,” writes museum curator Gilbert Vicario, “but more importantly, it offers a complex and nuanced definition of what it means to be an American artist in the twentieth century.”

Of God and Mortal Men: T.C. Cannon
Edited by Ann E. Marshall & Diana F. Pardue.
136 pages, hardcover: $39.95. Museum of New Mexico Press, 2017.