Indian Market Exhibition
Tonita Roybal & Doug Hyde
August 11 - 28, 2007
Antonita Martinez Roybal of San Ildefonso Pueblo was one of the most accomplished potters of the twentieth century. A contemporary of legendary potter, Maria Martinez, Tonita was a master in her own right and, unlike Maria, painted the majority of her own pottery and allowed herself to be influenced by outside Pueblos. Although San Ildefonso Pueblo is now mostly renowned for its lustrous black-on-black pottery, Tonita also created dramatic black-on-red pots that won her first prizes at the Santa Fe Indian Markets of the 1920s. One particular black-on-red jar from 1923 shows Tonita's excellent painting technique, and use of traditional Hopi designs. In addition to our extensive contemporary pueblo pottery selection, we are pleased to exhibit in August over one hundred historic Tonita pots from Richard Howard's impressive, famed collection.
While Tonita's pottery represents a very traditional form of art, the sculptures of famed artist Doug Hyde meld traditional subjects with a modern style. In both stone and bronze, Hyde uses simplified forms and sweeping lines to create visually captivating pieces. His intuitive sense of composition is often accentuated by the beautiful coloration of the stone or a scintillating patina on the bronze. Hyde's representations of Native American subjects are at once both regal and festive, and true to the spirit of Indian Market.