R. C. Gorman, Navajo Painter Video. "Unconventional" and "paradoxical" are two of the more common words people use to describe R. C. Gorman, an award-winning Navajo painter and printmaker who treats Native American subjects ranging from geometrics to nudes with a distinctly Mexican artistic sensibility. This program films the man The New York Times dubbed "The Picasso of American Indian Art" as he works, capturing his fascination with mass and shape as he paints both on paper and on a lithography stone. At once timeless and contemporary, Gorman's idiom unites the Indian and mainstream art scenes. (30 minutes.) Art and Design, Art and Photography. 1976.