Who Are Some Artists From Arizona?


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Some artists of Arizona include Jimmy Toddy, Maxfield Parrish, Frederick Sommer, Frank Lloyd Wright and Fritz Scholder. A few others include Philip C. Curtis and Ed Mell.

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Jimmy Toddy first started painting as a child in 1936 when Wide Ruins trading operators offered him some painting supplies to occupy his time. He is known for his Native American imagery and signed most of his paintings as Beatien Yazz, which translates as Little No-Shirt. Maxfield Parrish was one of history's most significant illustrators, with works such as "Princess Parizade Bringing Home the Singing Tree" and "The Dinky Bird." Best known for fairy tale imagery, Parrish also painted various aspects of the Arizona landscape.

Frederick Sommer was born in Italy and moved to Arizona in 1936, and he is best known for his collages and cryptic photographic work. An architect who first arrived in Arizona in 1928, Frank Lloyd Wright built a Scottsdale winter camp known as Taliesin West, which later became a tourist attraction. Another Arizona building designed by Wright is Arizona State University's Gammage auditorium. Fritz Scholder was a Native American and German artist who focused on Native American pop art and later on cultic designs. He lived in Scottsdale for much of his life until his death in 2005.

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