Sitting happily in a carved saddle over a painted saddle blanket, this rootin’ tootin’ pilot is all dressed up. He is decked out in a fancy shirt, embellished buckskin chaps, and the iconic "rez" black hat. His spotted riding partner also wears the "rez" black hat. Riding bareback, the dog extends his tail like a rudder. The plane is colored and decorated, with a propeller that actually spins.
Another smile-provoking social commentary, hand made and amusing, from this leading folk artist. It is sure to brighten your home and spirits.
Navajo Folk Artist Delbert Buck was born in Shiprock, New Mexico to Wilford and Jenny Buck. Like other Navajo folk artists, Delbert is self-taught with the unusual distinction of starting at the ripe old age of nine. His artwork started in an innocent way with the carving of toy guns for his younger brothers. The idea of carving figures just came to him. He first thought of carving a horse as he is an avid horse lover and rodeo participant, his favorite being bull-riding. The horse was soon followed by a chicken and then a goose. He didn’t think about adding a human being to his pieces until his fifth carving. He thought it would be funny to show his grandma driving a truck. He had only seen her drive once and thought it would be a funny image. He never did show his grandmother that piece but he managed to get a laugh out his mother.
His inspirations are many. His ideas come from looking around at the ordinary things in his daily life whether animals or people. The greatest encouragement of his work has come from his parents, especially his Mom. He listens to stories told by his mother and grandmother. His Mom also gives him ideas. Delbert feels his work has a life energy all its own. He can look at one of his carvings and envision a man riding a chicken down the road. Some Delbert's favorite and repeated topics are airplanes, horses and cowboys and wagons. Inspired by the work of Charles Willeto (Navajo 1897-1964 medicine man who became a folk artist late in life) knowing there is a place in the world of art for his unique interpretations.