"Janis (State I)", 1984, by R.C. Gorman

"Janis (State I)", 1984, by R.C. Gorman


Janis (State I)

Origial Serigraph

38" x 31 1/2"

Framed (39"x33 1/4") - Non-Glare Acrylic



This Original Serigraph is in very good condition and is beautifully framed, ready to hang.


Janis is representative of R.C.'s distinct style, particularly of the decade begining in the early 1970s. Celebrating the strength and beauty of Navajo and Native women, R.C.'s work has been priased and critized for its honest and authentic portrayal of his subjects. His women, often portrayed in profile, are strong, proud and unapologetic. Janis, has a wonderful subtle depth brought out the shadows of her dress and blanket, but maintains a delicate and simple presence.


The background has a soft gradient of warm desert ocre transitioning into a middle gray, which is characteristic of a style he began to develop in the 1980s and can be seen in many of his works of the 1990s and 2000s.


Over the near 6 decades of R.C.'s career, his work and style continuously evolved. It is a fascinating process, to go beyond the surface and to discover an artist's journey. R.C.'s art continues to be cherished throughout the world. His work still adorns the walls of many homes, galleries and public spaces in Taos, across the US, and around the world.


Shipping can be arrange to just about anywhere. The Gallery will cover the costs of packing and insuring the artwork. The shipping options and costs will be up to the purchaser.


Compare to The Navajo Gallery's last public listing (Jan 2020): $3,900.00 (unframed) and the Western Graphics 2009/2016 suggested retail price of $3,000 (unframed). Janis (State II) features Janis drapped in a blue blanket and an over all cooler tone. Janis (State II) was released simultaniously with Janis (State I) in an edition of the same size and has a suggested retail price of $4,600 on the Western Graphics SRPL.


Hallmarks (Pictured) Include:

  • Signature of R.C. Gorman with date of completion - Lower Left
  • R.C. Gorman Chop (Artist's Chop) - Lower Center
  • Edition Number - Lower Right
  • Workshop Shop (Editions Press) - Lower Right


  • R.C. Gorman | July 27, 1931 - November 3, 2005

    Called "The Picasso of American Indian Art" by The New York Times, my uncle, R.C. Gorman, was a prolific and highly acclaimed artist.

    Born on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Arizona to Carl Gorman and Adele Brown, R.C. had humble beginnings. He was the first to recieve a scholarship from the Navajo Nation to study internationally. He attended art school in Mexico City where he learned the art of lithography from master printer, Jose Sanchez.

    R.C. Moved to Taos in 1967. He had been showing his work at the Manchester Gallery and in 1968, he purchased the Manchester Gallery and turned it into the Navajo Gallery - the very first Native American owned art gallery.

    Over the next 4 decades R.C.'s fame and acclaim grew. In 1973 he was the only living artist to be included in the “Masterworks of the American Indian" show held at Metropolitan Museum in New York City. One of his works was selected to be the cover of the exhibit's catalog. Perhaps best known for his colorful and vibrant depictions of Native Life, particularly of Native Women, R.C.'s art pays homage to his roots. His carreer span many mediums and styles.

    Today, Taos celebrates R.C. legacy with an annual R.C. Gorman Days in July.