Ted DeGrazia’s “Prospectors & Pack Animals” Exhibit
Southwestern artist Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia (1909-1982) was fascinated with the beauty and lore of the Superstition Mountains where he had a gallery for several years and he made many expeditions into the mountainous backcountry prospecting for gold. The grizzled prospector heading into the mountain with his faithful pack animal was a beloved symbol of hope and independence to DeGrazia.
My best painting is the next one. I haven’t
painted it yet. I am in competition only with
myself, and that’s tough, because I believe
that each thing I do must be better in some
way than the last”. – Ted DeGrazia
The Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum is proud to announce another new exhibit of original work by DeGrazia. This exhibit, to be on display in the museum exhibit gallery throughout the 2016-2017 season, is a retrospective of his paintings and sketches entitled “DeGrazia’s Prospectors and Pack Animals.” This exhibit of 31 original DeGrazia oil paintings, watercolors and sketches, generously on loan from the DeGrazia Foundation, is a collection of his work depicting this iconic symbol of the West. Some of the paintings and sketches, pulled from deep within the foundation’s archives, have never before been on public display, according to DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun officials.
Also among the works hanging this season is DeGrazia’s well known oil painting of Superstition Mountain which, as part of the Superstition Mountain Collection, was on display in the museum two years ago. The staff of the museum is thrilled to have it back.
DeGrazia, born in Morenci, AZ, was first introduced to the Superstition Mountains as a youth and never tired throughout his life of exploring and prospecting her hills and canyons. DeGrazia was a part time resident of the Superstition foothills from 1974 until his death in 1982. From his many trips into the Superstition Mountains, to the controversial building of his gallery and home at the base of Superstition Mountain in 1974, to the dramatic 1976 inheritance tax protest he staged by burning 100 of his paintings in a pyre near Angel Springs in the interior of the mountains, many of DeGrazia’s most fanciful and infamous moments occurred within the Superstition Mountains.
DeGrazia’s Superstition Gallery was located in the Superstition foothills near the museum from the 1975 until his death in 1982. The Superstition Gallery no longer exists, but through a cooperative agreement between the Superstition Mountain Museum and the DeGrazia Foundation’s Gallery in the Sun in Tucson, his work is still being exhibited and enjoyed by the thousands of visitors to this area he loved so much.