Baje Whitethorne Sr.: Náátsʼíilid/Rainbow Light

April 2, 2022 - April 4, 2023

Baje Whitethorne Sr., 1985, Watercolor on paper, MNA#C2587

Bursting with color, this retrospective exhibit presents the full spectrum of art by Baje Whitethorne Sr., a visual storyteller acclaimed for his colorful paintings full of life and energy.

Born and raised on the Navajo Reservation, Baje was first drawn into the world of storytelling when he and his brothers would make up stories on the way to their grandmother’s house. His art often depicts the landscape around his family home near Shonto and the harmony of the Navajo way of life.

In addition to his paintings, Baje is an accomplished printmaker, sculptor, jeweler, author, and illustrator.



Baje explains the exhibit title

Baje demonstrates how he learned to draw

Baje shows how to draw a landscape with simple lines

Baje demonstrates an art exercise