Urshel says he wants his work to be so authentic
that it carries an aura of "Indian" ... so identifiable that when someone looks at his work they will
know, without asking, that this piece was created with love and pride by an Indian. Urshel's years of study and
research in historical Indian culture and crafts has served to reinforce his dedication to the authentic presentation
of the American Indian. He says,
try to capture the dignity and majesty of what my people have been and what they continue to be today".
Perhaps, due in part to his early ranch experience
of working with horses and cattle, he painting style was greatly influenced by C.M. Russell. Urshel expressed great
respect for Russell who, unlike some other artists, had first-hand knowledge of the life and activities depicted
in his paintings. Many times, particularly in his early years as an artist, Urshel said he could spend a little
time looking at Russell's work and come away inspired and encouraged to continue by the authenticity and realism
he found there. Presently, Urshel's work reflects both traditional and very contemporary styles.
When asked what he considered his most important
accomplishment, Urshel responded that he was most proud of his family ... he said they are well and happy and leading
productive lives and, most importantly, they have always stood together. Through both hard times and good, they
can count on one another for support in their individual efforts. Urshel and his wife Jackie have three sons of
whom they are very proud. One of their sons, Tony, is beginning to work seriously at his art.
After more than thirty years in the art world, both creating
and teaching, Urshel's desire to "give something back" was his motivation for opening The Owl Ear Gallery
in Tucson, Arizona. As he knows only too well how difficult those early years can be for young artist, he would
like to give them a little assistance by promoting their work. The artists featured in the gallery will include
painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, basket weavers and bead workers who's work will represent both traditional
and contemporary styles.
most like people reading this article to know and think of me as, a good man ... an honorable man who is proud
of himself, he work, his family and his heritage as an American Indian."
Urshel Taylor's Owl Ear Studio
2901 West Sahuaro Divide
Tucson, AZ 85742
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