Blackfoot Chief

Richard Mitchell's avatar Richard Mitchell

The drawing "Blackfoot Chief" is a tribute to a person, and an era in American history. Preserved by the photo record (Roland Reed 1913) and archived in the Library of Congress, this chief is now honored and celebrated in contemporary art on a large scale. The ballpoint pen is a versatile tool which in this drawing describes in high detail the emotion and majesty of a real person who lived long ago. Although his name and details of his story may not have been recorded, his image and nation to which he belonged is celebrated in this drawing. Elements of his war bonnet, lines in his face reflection in his eyes and transition of light are recorded by the energized marks of the pen drawing attention to an early American highlighting a brief moment in time. This is my latest work in a collection of drawings I began in 2009. This piece represents my best effort and growing ambition to create better and more powerful works to honor people, thoughts, and moments from history.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: ballpoint pen on fabric panel
  • Width: 7
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 3