Acquired by American Legacy Fine Arts directly from the artist
The daily life of a Native American family is caught in this reflective painting by Tim Sollliday titled Family in Repose. The painting portrays representatives of the Sioux Nation, a First Nations Tribe who lives abundantly in North Dakota. As the title suggests, the family has paused after traveling to seasonal hunting grounds. The fall season, reflected in the harvest of apples, squash, and pumpkins, sets the stage as shadows cast.
Solliday’s style of painting is reminiscent of Taos Society of Artists painters William Herbert Dunton and Ernest Martin Hennings. Similar to the Taos Society, Solliday shares a strong direct and indirect focus on mastery of the human form. This evocation of the human form through knowledge of its subtleties remains the focal point to Solliday.
The long shadows of autumn highlight the connection of people and their implements of nurture. Nurture found in the care exhibited by the father as he tends to his horse, the boy as he calms his pet wolf, and the mother as she holds her child firmly within a cradleboard Cradleboards are the protective baby carriers used by many indigenous cultures in North America, and much like the Sioux garb, a symbolic tradition deftly portrayed by Solliday.
2016 Prix de West, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 11 – August 7, 2016