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Welcome to The Art of Joe Velázquez

Joe Velázquez has been painting the legacy of the American fur trade for more than 40 years.  His subject matter often depicts the Canadian voyageur, the American Indian, and the fur trappers -- or as they are referred to, the “mountain men”.

Commenting on his goal as a painter and his philosophy of art, Velázquez says, “I am not happy simply replicating a photograph in paint.  I don’t believe this is art.  The great old master painter, Harvey Dunn eloquently summed it up – ‘Paint a little less of the facts and a little more of the spirit’.   I hope I have given my work the soul and spirit Mr. Dunn spoke of”.

Oil on linen
48” x 24”

Three warriors of the Sioux nation crest a hill on prairie land they consider theirs. It belongs to them and they are sovereign.  Woe to those who dare trespass.

The lead warrior has vanquished a soldier of the US Army and claimed his prize: the horse and McClellan saddle.  The horizontal stripe - called coup marks - painted on their leggings represent achievements in battle such as striking an enemy, the stealing of horses, or just about any bravery shown in conflict.

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Galleries Representing Joe’s Work

Art of Life Gallery
800 S. Jason Street
Denver, CO  80223

Blue River Fine Art Gallery
411 S. Main Street
Breckenridge, CO  80424

Settler’s West Galleries
6420 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ  85718

West Lives On Galleries
75 N. Glenwood St.
Jackson, WY  83001

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