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"Butterfly Dance," a pastel on board by John Farnsworth from 1978, captures a poignant scene of cultural celebration and heritage. This vibrant artwork features two young girls performing the traditional Butterfly Dance, adorned in elaborate dance costumes with large, ornate wings that symbolize transformation and renewal. Draped in layers of stunning turquoise jewelry, including jacla and squash blossom necklaces, the dancers exude the spiritual and aesthetic richness of their heritage. In the background, spectators dressed in traditional clothing and jewelry watch intently, while a small child holding a Native drum adds a touch of innocence and continuity to the scene. Farnsworth's painting not only celebrates the beauty and grace of the dancers but also honors the deep cultural traditions of the Pueblo people, making it a captivating piece for collectors and admirers of Native American art.

Size: choose from 12x16 inches or 18x24 inches

What you get when you order a canvas print:

As soon as you order, you’ll get a confirmation email and tracking information. Then printing starts. Once your order has been printed and carefully packaged, you’ll be notified by email that it has shipped! Please note: It can take up to two weeks to receive your print, but it’s usually faster.

This gallery-wrapped canvas print features a mirrored image around the inch and a half deep edges, offering a polished finish. While we could have opted for a print solely on the front with white edges, we believe the mirrored edges add an extra touch of elegance.

Your canvas print will arrive safely in sturdy cardboard packaging, and be ready to hang right out of the box. 

We're a family affair here at Farnsworth Studio, with Rosa, John's daughter, at the helm of our digital operations. And when it comes to satisfaction, we've got you covered with our no-questions-asked guarantee.

Why metal prints

They are just so versatile! They work well in a contemporary space, and equally well in a historic home. 

Depending on the size you choose, you can hang this metal print in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, or even the bathroom! Hang it anywhere to infuse your personal style into the space. Renting? These metal prints look great sitting on your dresser or a shelf and leaned against the wall.

This aluminum print includes an easy hang kit. No framing or canvas stretching necessary - although you can frame it if desired.

Elevate your space with soulful images created from original artwork, adding a touch of your personal style to any room.

With a unique approach, John Farnsworth breathes new life into traditional southwestern imagery, infusing it with a fresh and contemporary perspective that has captivated collectors and critics alike for decades.

Renowned for his deep engagement with Native American themes and culture, Farnsworth embarked on a transformative journey beginning in 1967 that spanned over a decade. Immersing himself in the lives and landscapes of the Navajo, Hopi, and other tribes, Farnsworth's extensive time spent on these lands fueled his artistic exploration and depiction of indigenous cultures. His artworks, rich in authenticity and respect, offer viewers a window into the vibrant traditions and spiritual depth of Native American communities through his eyes. This dedication not only enhanced his portfolio but also established him as a pivotal figure in the preservation and celebration of Native American art and heritage.

The Butterfly Dance is a traditional dance performed by various Pueblo tribes, particularly the Hopi people in Arizona. This ceremonial dance is performed by young girls and boys, typically during late summer as part of a harvest or seasonal ceremony. The dance is deeply symbolic, representing transformation and renewal, much like the life cycle of a butterfly. Dancers wear colorful, elaborately designed costumes that mimic the appearance of butterflies, with intricate wing-like designs and vibrant patterns that reflect the beauty of these insects.

The dance is not only a visual spectacle but also a spiritual expression, intended to bring rain and ensure a bountiful harvest. It’s a communal event that strengthens the bonds within the tribe and honors their deep connection to the natural world. The dance is often accompanied by traditional songs and drumming, adding to the richness of the ceremony.

Through his artwork titled "Butterfly Dance," John Farnsworth captures the essence of this cultural and spiritual celebration, reflecting the vibrant energy and colors of the dance.