Tony Begay (1941-1973) was born in Ganado, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. Tony resided in Chinle was the son of Lucy Tanesini and Seth Begay. He graduated from the American School of Commercial Art in Dallas Texas. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962-1966 during that time he was commissioned to paint murals at the officer's clubs at Camp Horno and Camp Pendleton, California. In 1970 he had his first solo show at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. He paintings are included in several notable private collections. He received awards for his paintings at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial. Unfortunately, he died in a accident in 1973.
This painting is of a Navajo man wearing traditional clothing. There are fine and smooth paint strokes in the face and hair. The clothing and background have thicker applications of paint from a palette knife and paint brush. It has a glossy look because of the varnish and oil paint. This painting is heartwarming with usage of color and schemes. A beautiful painting to add to your collection.