Tucson and San Francisco: 1979. Photographs and transparencies, 2 signed letters and print documentation with the printer Ernest F. De Soto
Ernest De Soto edition number 58.
Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia (June 14, 1909 – September 17, 1982) was an American impressionist, painter, sculptor, composer, actor, director, designer, architect, jeweler, and lithographer. Described as "the world's most reproduced artist", DeGrazia is known for his colorful images of Native American children of the American Southwest and other Western scenes. DeGrazia also painted several series of exhibitions like the Papago Legends, Padre Kino, Cabeza de Vaca.
For years, DeGrazia had painted, drawn and sculpted, selling what he could, stashing the rest in nooks and crannies throughout the gallery. He was never very organized about storing it, even less so during his illness.
Once DeGrazia had his home and his Little Gallery he was then free to start work on his dream gallery, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. DeGrazia built the Mission in the Sun, his home, and his original 'Little Gallery' (was original gallery on property) near the corner of Swan and Skyline roads.
Today, his gallery receives thousands of visitors from around the world. People get married in the chapel, view paintings and sculptures and stroll the grounds. Some stand by the pile of stones that mark his grave, a pile of rock hauled in from the Morenci mines.
Today, visitors in search of DeGrazia's legacy make their way to Tucson, leave things in the chapel, take the stones and walk through the gallery in the sun.
Provenance: Estate of Ernest F. De Soto. Item #51-3031