Fritz Scholder: Native American\American Indian\California\Luiseno
Born Breckenridge, Minnesota
One of the foremost painters of his era, Fritz Scholder established his reputation developing "Indian Pop." One-quarter Luiseno, a California Mission tribe, Scholder become interested in Indian art in the early 1960s when he participated in a Rockefeller-sponsored project that eventually became the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Scholder's work demythologized Native American life; he remarked, "I paint the Indian real, not red." Stylistically, he departed from genre conventions and built on the example of Francis Bacon, Richard Diebenkorn, and Scholder's teacher, Wayne Thiebaud. Scholder celebrated his fiftieth birthday in 1987, the year that Ken Rosenthal made this photograph of the artist in his Scottsdale, Arizona, studio. Rosenthal, a former assistant to portrait photographer Arnold Newman, celebrates Scholder's international reputation, capturing him with one of his paintings and seemingly in the midst of a brief break from working.