This charming crooner is by well known New Mexico artist, Joe Ortega. You can still find his work if you google him and/or check out the website for El Potrero Trading Post in Chimayo, NM among others, but I believe this to be an older piece. It's signed on the bottom but not dated.
Ortegas style has changed a bit over the years, although you'll see they all have tremendous character. There's something absolutely wistful about this guy as he sings his soulful song to the moon. This piece measures just under 18 tall x approximately 13 x 12.
Its in good vintage condition overall BUT please note that theres a repair to his right earI think I did a pretty good job, however, as its not especially noticeable unless youre looking for it. Please take a look at the photos to see what you think. Theres also minor cracking on his face, chest, the bottom of one leg. This seems to be typical of these piecesand everything is very stable.Please take a close look at the photos & use your own best judgement. The price takes these into consideration. Its a heavy piece, at about 8 pounds, and the box is large to protect it. I dont want to create a hassle for anyone but I do want to make sure you get your package safely.
Thanks so much for understanding. The item "Vintage JOE ORTEGA Howling Coyote Wood Carving Folk Art Santa Fe 18 Tall NM" is in sale since Thursday, June 25, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Folk Art & Indigenous Art". The seller is "vvarble1" and is located in El Prado, New Mexico.
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