(Window Rock, Arizona, 1886 - 1972, Chicago, Illinois)
February 8, 1971
Watercolor, ballpoint and graphite on paper
12 x 19 in. (30.5 x 48.3 cm)
Collection of the Akron Art Museum
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
Joseph Yoakum claimed that he had traveled the world extensively as a young man—as a hobo and stowaway as well as working for the circus and railroads. The artist began drawing only when he was in his 70s and living in Chicago. Yoakum referred to his expressive interpretations as “spiritual enfoldments,” meaning that imagery was revealed to him as he worked. Although his titles refer to actual sites, it is questionable whether he visited these places in person or saw them only in books, photographs or magazines such as 'National Geographic.' Yoakum’s drawings are noted for their vibrant colors, complex rendering of land forms and carefully penned inscriptions.
signed and titled in UL in red pencil, stamped date in UL