Than Povi to Exhibit Works by Gerald Nailor Jr.

‘Athabascan Bow,’ by Gerald Nailor, Jr. Courtesy/Than Povi Fine Art Gallery


The Than Povi Fine Art Gallery at Cuyumungue – exit 176 Hwy 84/285, will present an exhibition of paintings and prints by Native-American artist Gerald Nailor Jr., beginning Aug. 23.

A reception for the artist is 3-6 p.m., Aug. 21.

The works comprise a comprehensive sampling of Nailor’s art. The exhibition includes 43 watercolor, tempera, oil and pastel paintings as well as archival inkjet prints and two unique sets of jewelry handmade from micaceous clay.

Nailor was born and raised at the Pueblo of Picuris in north central New Mexico. He developed his love for art at an early age, being greatly influenced by his father Gerald Nailor, Sr. (1917-1952), a renowned Navajo painter whose murals decorate the Navajo Council Chambers in Window Rock, Ariz., and the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, D.C.

Nailor attended the Santa Fe Indian School from 1954-1958, where he studied Native-American painting. He painted in all media, preferring oil and watercolor. His work can be viewed at the Millicent Rogers Museum (permanent collection) in Taos, Indian Pueblos Cultural Center Museum (permanent collection) in Albuquerque, DeVargas Mall (ongoing skylight project) in Santa Fe, Stables Art Gallery in Taos, and with private collectors across the country.

He was a blue-ribbon recipient at the Eight Northern Pueblos Art Show at San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1982. His print “Matachines at Picuris” adorns 31 suites at the Hotel Santa Fe and his painting “The Picuris Basket Dance” hangs above the front desk at the Hotel Santa Fe.

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