Albert Looking Elk Sold at Auction Prices
b. 1888 - d. 1940
Albert Looking Elk (c. 1888 – November 30, 1940), also known as Albert Martinez was a Taos Pueblo painter. Looking Elk is one of the three Taos Pueblo Painters.
Albert, the son of José R. Martínez, was commonly known by his Taos name, T'o'nu, meaning "Looking Elk." He was born around 1888 in Taos Pueblo, New Mexico.
Albert Looking Elk was a model, initially reluctantly, to E. Irving Couse, one of the Taos Society of Artists founding members. He continued to model through his childhood and into adulthood; His wife and children also worked as models for artists. In 1900, he modeled for Oscar E. Berninghaus, one of the founding members of Taos Society of Artists. By 1915, after receiving a Christmas present of paints and brushes and painting lessons from Berninghaus, Looking Elk began his own art career.
Looking Elk was elected Governor of Taos Pueblo in 1938.
Death: Albert Looking Elk died at Taos Pueblo on November 30, 1940, or as some sources list, 1941.
- Jun. 11, 2022Est: $1,000 - $3,000
Albert Looking Elk (American, 1888-1941), Taos Pueblo Nocturne oil on canvas board, signed at lower right, framed. Panel 8 x 11 3/4 in.; Frame dimensions 10 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.lelandlittle.comLeland Little Auctions
- Mar. 27, 2022Est: $800 - $1,200
MARTINEZ, Albert "Looking Elk", (American, 1888-1941): New Mexico Taos pueblo village, Oil/Canvas board, signed Looking Elk lower right, sight size 2.75" x 4.25", framed 6.25" x 7.25".Amero Auctions
- May. 31, 2019Est: $2,500 - $3,500
Artist: Albert Looking Elk | 1888-1940 Title: Taos Village Signed l/r: Albert Looking Elk Media: Oil on panel Dimensions: 8 by 10 inchesAltermann Galleries
- Jun. 02, 2018Est: $800 - $1,200
ALBERT LOOKING ELK (Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1888-1941), view of pueblo with figure, oil on board, signed lower right, letter from the artist attached to verso. Light dirt and grime, vertical graphite mark upper left. Board 8-3/4''h, 12''w. (Fine Art)South Bay Auctions Inc
- Nov. 10, 2017Est: $2,000 - $2,750
Landscape with AdobesMatthews Gallery
- Jan. 29, 2012Est: $1,000 - $2,000
OOB - View of the Pueblo by Albert Looking Elk (Martinez), (NM, 1888-1941), signed lr, with original 1930's real photo postcard of the artist at work on reverse, in artist made wooden frame, SS: 6 3/8" x 8 3/8", OS: 9 1/4" x 11 1/4", fine condition. Looking Elk was the Governor of the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico.Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
- Sep. 10, 2003Est: $400 - $600
American, circa 1888-1941 TAOS PUEBLO Signed Albert Looking Elk (lr), inscribed on the reverse Albert looking Elk/Taos... Oil on board 7 x 9 inchesDoyle New York