Indian Sunset is also a double entendre representative of not only the painting’s strong visual, but of the decline in the Indian way of life. I have such respect for them as a people. My goal is that my work conveys the beauty of their world and their deep-rooted connection to it.
The painting is partially inspired by the Elton John song Indian Sunset as well. It is a compassionate song and the story he tells of the fall of a young warrior comes across even though the facts in the song aren’t necessarily correct. What is important is the emotion the music creates and that’s how he approaches his work.
I do things a little like Elton and try to not let the facts get in the way of a good story. I’m a little more visual than historical. Many of the designs I put on the outside of a tipi would more often have been adorning the inside. I exaggerate certain things like the scale of the sun. It would never appear this large, but it is a central element to the story. Native American art does the same. If it is important, emphasize it.
Color is another powerful component. I am looking for vibrancy and impact and try not to second guess a brushstroke. I’m painting with more confidence. I feel like I’m getting closer to how I painted at age four. - RTG
R. Tom Gilleon - Indian Sunset II
Product Code: GILIN4
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