Friday, September 19, 2014

Arty Farty Friday ~ Paul Goble and T. C. Cannon

Two artist/illustrators both born on 27 September, different years, different ethnicities, different continents but, coincidentally, both painted Native American subjects. Brief biographical details are taken from Wikipedia. I decided it'd be interesting to compare their natal charts, as well as examples of their artworks.

Paul Goble was born in Haslemere, England on
27 September 1933. He studied at the Central School of Art in London, worked as a furniture designer, industrial consultant, and art instructor. He published his first children’s book in 1969, entitled Red Hawk's Account of Custer's Last Battle.

In 1977, he moved to the Black Hills in South Dakota and was adopted by Chief Edgar Red Cloud. Goble was greatly influenced by Plains Indian culture and his subsequent children’s books reflect this. "I feel that I have seen and learned many wonderful things from Indian people which most people would never have the opportunity to experience. I simply wanted to express and to share these things which I love so much."

In 1979, Goble received the Caldecott Medal award, presented each year for the most distinguished children's picture book. It was awarded for his 1978 book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Most of his books, retellings of ancient stories, are told from the perspectives of different tribes among the Native Nations. They represent Goble’s effort to make Native American traditions understandable to children of all heritages.

Goble and his wife, Janet Goble, live in Rapid City, South Dakota.

T.C. Cannon
 "Self portrait with Star of David"
Tommy Wayne Cannon, born on September 27, 1946 in Lawton, Oklahoma. died, too soon, on May 8, 1978. He was an important Native American artist of the 20th century. An enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe and of Caddo, French, and Choctaw descent, he was popularly known as T.C. Cannon. Hegrew up in Zodaltone and Gracemont, Oklahoma and was raised in the Kiowa culture of his father, Walter Cannon, and Caddo traditions of his mother, Minnie Ahdunko Cannon. His Kiowa name, Pai-doung-a-day, means "One Who Stands in the Sun." He was exposed to the art of the Kiowa Five, a group of Native American painters who achieved international reputations in the fine art world and who helped developed the Southern Plains-style of painting. Stephen Mopope of the Kiowa Five and Lee Tsatoke, Sr. were particularly influential on the young artist.

T.C. Cannon joined the Institute of American Indian Arts of Santa Fe in 1964, where he studied under Fritz Scholder. After graduation from IAIA, he enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute but left after two months and enlisted in the army. As paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, Cannon was sent to Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. During the Tet Offensive, he earned two Bronze Star Medals. He was also inducted into the Black Leggings Society, the traditional Kiowa warriors' society.

Cannon's untimely death at the age of 31 in a 1978 car accident catapulted him to cult status among Indian artists of the time. His sophisticated use of color and style coupled with unflinching political content gave voice to a new generation of socially aware modern Native American artists and writers.
(See HERE)

 A Remembered Muse

 Osage with Van Gogh


 Mural at a cultural center in Seattle:  Epochs of the Plains History. Mother Earth, Father Son and the Children Themselves.

 Self portrait

Brief notes on their natal charts:

Paul Goble, born in Haslemere, England on 27 September 1933. No time of birth known - set for 12 noon.

I like that his natal Sun is exactly conjunct Jupiter. Jupiter represents, among other things, long distance travel, and Paul Goble emigrated from England to the USA, became immersed in the lore of its native peoples, writing and illustrating their stories. Venus (the arts) in Scorpio forms a sextile aspect to creative Neptune in Virgo. His natal Moon would be in Capricorn whatever his time of birth, and quite likely in trine to Neptune, a nice Earthy link between work/business and creativity. Saturn in Aquarius in harmonious trine to his Libra Sun/Jupiter/Mercury reflects the work/business connection of his re-location.

T.C. Cannon born on September 27, 1946 in Lawton, Oklahoma, no time of birth known - set for 12 noon.

Sun conjunct creative Neptune in Libra linked by sextile to Saturn in Leo - the link between creativity and work/business. His Moon would be either in early Scorpio or late Libra. Venus and Mars in Scorpio are adding passion and determination anyway. It's not easy to guess on which side of the Libra/Scorpio cusp his Moon was placed.

Cannon's chart is more compressed than Goble's, more focused, more Scorpio-heavy. I'd guess he was a more intense character altogether than Goble - his art style does seem to reflect that too.

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mike said...

Distinctly different expressions from each artist, but similarities, too. Both use vibrant color saturation in a flattened 2D style, with an implied depth. I like them both and wouldn't kick either off of my walls.

I am impressed with the comparison of Cannon's natal to Dorothea Lange's chart...the planetary placements are nearly corresponding in resemblance, but in different signs.

Twilight said...

mike ~ I like both in different ways.

I feel slightly more comfortable with Goble's images - he depicts Native American subjects for those to whom the subject is virtually unknown, and you can almost feel the love he had for the culture himself.

Cannon's style is more "into it", knowing, and maybe a little angry (with reason).

My favourite Native American artist is Robert Redbird - there's a brief post about him -

Twilight said...

mike~ Forgot to say - well spotted - A fascinating observation on Dorothea Lange's chart's likeness to Cannon's!