Acoma Pot

Artist : David Allen Halbach
Medium : Watercolor
Size unframed : 4.5"/4.5"
Size framed : N/A
Signature Info : Hand Signed - By the artist
Frame Info : Yes
Condition : Very Good
Year : 1976
Asking Price:£2,785.00
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A matted and framed watercolor on paper depicting Native American pottery by listed artist David Allen Halbach (American, 1931 - ) “Acoma Pot”. Signed and dated 1976 bottom left. Gallery label from Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale attached to reverse. Image measures approximately 4.5" x 4.5" and frame 10" x 10" x 0.75".Provenance: purchased at Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale Arizona, where original David Halbach watercolours are available from $6,000 to $20,000 -


Artist: David Allen Halbach


Title: "Acoma Pot"


Medium: Watercolour


Year: 1976


Edition: Unique, original work


Size: 4 1/2 ins. x 4 1/2 ins.


Signature: Hand signed by the artist


David Halbach (b. 1931) 


David Halbach wanted to be an artist for as long as he could remember. At first, it was for recognition from his parents, and then later in junior high school he discovered that he had a real talent. He completed his first paintings when he was in sixth grade, and after that he just kept on painting.


Since Halbach’s grades were not good enough to become the doctor or lawyer his mother had hoped he would become, he attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. After finishing art school and a tour in the Navy, Halbach went to work as an animator for Disney studios working on Lady and the Tramp. Leaving Disney, he then entered into commercial art and advertising, and eventually became an art teacher, a position that allowed him to create fine art and refresh his knowledge of the basics.


Leaving California, Halbach and his wife, Jean, moved to Arizona, where he began to work as a professional artist. He began to sell his paintings through galleries and is now known as a successful watercolorist.


A painter in American Western genre, Halbach researches subjects for his works extensively. He says, “There is a lot of truth in ‘Paint what you know.’” Living in Arizona was conducive to creating the Western scenes that he had loved since he was a child, and he began to carefully investigate the history of the West and all that was needed to make his work honest and correct. That investigation brought back memories of the many times he had played cowboys and Indians when he was young, memories which inspired him in his endeavors. According to Halbach, “A child’s imagination is an important asset to an artist. It mustn’t be lost.”


Halbach has a special affection for the Hopi Indians, their pueblos and their culture, and that affection plays an important part in his art. He encourages the viewer to use their imagination, always allowing for a little mystery in each image.


A member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1985, he has lived in Arizona beginning 1975 and later in the Sierras of California. In 1975, he also won the prestigious Silver Medal at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame show for his watercolor Story Teller. In 1996 he completed a project for National Geographic. He attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and his teachers were the acclaimed Millard Sheets and Rex Brandt. Chouinard was where he first encountered plein-air painting and later he said that  "Painting from life is absolutely necessary in my art".  He travels from his home in northern California to western reenactments and to Indian reservations in Arizona.