AMERICAN ICONS

Robin Murray's avatar Robin Murray

-DESCRIPTION OF AMERICAN ICONS- The sound of the fight echoes through the canyon. A pack of wolves encircle and lunge in hopes to overpower a lone Grizzly standing guard over his prized find. Brought down by a skillfully wielded lance, the American Bison, known to the Native Americans as "Tatanka", meaning "Buffalo", provided food, clothing, shelter and so much more. This one was left behind in the commotion of the hunt, though it will not go to waste, but provide food for another great American Icon. I believe inspiration for this painting partially came from one of my favorite 19th Century pieces. Albert Bierstadt's painting, "Last of the Buffalo" portrays a Native hunter bringing down a Bison for his tribe and family, but has an underlying meaning of "ending" and a loss of wildlife which sustained the early ways of the West. In my painting, I removed the hunter to represent the end of the circle of life in the ways that the West had changed. A new link was added, forever altering these American Icons. Without the sacrifice of these great American Icons, we could not enjoy the freedom of land and way of life we do today. This painting is my homage, my due respects for what they lost in order for us to gain.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 12"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Width: 12'5
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 8.5'