Joe Pete Lives

“Joe Pete Lives”
1994
Acrylic on Canvas Framed

This highly detailed, yet early career painting by Ivan B Watkins, was inspired by his experience as an ethnographic filmmaker, when he filmed “Cheyenne” Tribe of the Black Masking Indians of New Orleans, in 1993. The painting was inspired by Flag Boy now Big Chief “Bo” Enola Dean who was moved to honor his cousin the Legendary Joe Pete, who had just passed recently. Bo’s suit that year was legendary and the film of this year 1993 will be unveiled in a forthcoming documentary film by Ivan. This painting has been displayed in several galleries in Chicago and New Orleans and captures in a stylistic manner the dynamic culture of New Orleans. Truly a one of a kind!