Ed Singer

Ed Singer

Painter, Printer

Ed Singer is a Navajo Artist born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. His superb draftsmanship and realistic view of Navajo life, a view often laced with subtle humor derived from the contrast of traditional Navajo ways with modern life, place him at the forefront of contemporary art. Singer is the first Navajo artist to show his people as they really are, living their day-to-day lives under trying conditions a White Man’s world. Singer, unlike his much older contemporary, R. C. Gorman, chooses to live on the reservation with his people, the inspiration for his art.

Singer’s introduction to lithography began when he was invited as a guest artist at Western Graphics Workshop in 1977. This opportunity gave him a chance to work in a new and challenging medium and made it possible for him to reach a broader audience with his work. His first lithographs were so accomplished and successful that fellow Navajo artist, R. C. Gorman, who greatly admired Singer’s work, began to refer to himself as Western Graphics’ “number two son,” a compliment Singer found amusing.

Singer’s work is represented in numerous private collection and such public collections as the Heard Museum, University of New Mexico Museum, Museum of New Mexico of Albuquerque, Wheelwright Museum, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Louis B. Leaky Foundation Collection and Philadelphia Museum of Art.