David Nordahl, “Geronimo Waiting For the Dawn,” 2007. 36″ x 46″ oil on canvas. According to Artnet, this painting sold for $46,000 at the 2009 Coeur D’Alene Art Auction.
n February 1988 Michael Jackson called Santa Fe artist David Nordahl to inquire about painting lessons. Apparently, while visiting Steven Spielberg, Jackson had seen Nordahl’s painting of Army troops invading an Apache camp as a young corporal shielded two Indian children. ABC News reports
that their long conversation sparked a close friendship and working partnership. From 1988 to 2005, Nordahl, known for his paintings of the old west, completed thousands of drawings and roughly a dozen epic commissions, seven of which were among the 2,000 Jackson items in Julien’s authorized auction, which the singer sued to stop last spring. The paintings illustrate Jackson’s grandiose fantasies and fairy-tale worldview.
David Nordahl, study for “Field of Dreams.”
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