Picasso Buffalo
  Susan Morrison
  Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Artist's Description

"Picasso Buffalo" is based on Picasso's 1945 "Bull Series" lithographs which through cubism progressively reduce the form to lines and planes.

The fiberglass form was smoothed out and transformed by the use of earth tones, black and white enamel paints giving the buffalo a "natural" effect. This was juxtaposed with the non-naturalistic treatment of cubism by slashing into the form with simplified planes of color and line.
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The analogy between buffalo and bull/art and spirit/power and reduction all play a part in the concept as well as a humorous take on modernism.

"In progress" photos

Spirit of the Buffalo originated as a public art project combining art, commerce and civic pride in Oklahoma featuring Oklahoma artists. Initial proceeds benefited the Nature Conservancy's work in Oklahoma. The website project continues through private funds.