White Boy

Several years ago I visited the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis.  There was an exhibition of paintings by a group of artists who were active in the 1930s and 1940s.  They developed a style that showed the influence of southwestern Native American art.  The first painting I saw looked extremely familiar.  When I saw that the painter was Garrett Price, I knew why.  In the mid 30s, Price created a comic strip called WHITE BOY.  Two Sunday installments of the strip were reproduced in a book my parents had when I was a kid, The Smithsonian Collection of American Newspaper Comics.  Those strips fascinated me; the same style Price and his fellow painters of the southwestern school used in their paintings was featured there.  

Several WHITE BOY strips are scanned in and available for viewing at this address:



  1. lefalcon

     /  September 11, 2008

    It’s an attractive strip you’ve got posted there. Not p.c. by today’s
    standards … but, nice colors.

    Strips being a precursor of the comic book, it’s interesting to look at old strips and think about they both inform and differ from the fully-developed comic book genre.

  2. acilius

     /  September 11, 2008

    Nice colors, and nice use of space. It doesn’t seem that a book collecting Garrett Price’s paintings or the paintings of the artists in his circle has ever been published- so far as I can find that show about them at the Eiteljorg 10 or 12 years ago may have represented the zenith of their fame. And that’s too bad- their style is very distinctive, and obviously informed by traditional Native American visual art.

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