A PAIR of oil on canvasboard paintings of Native American women, each 12" by 10" framed, one signed on the front left and again on the reverse in ink, (and titled there "Apache Woman"); the other signed faintly in pencil on the reverse, both by listed southwestern American artist CHARLES LAMONK (1910-1990). LaMonk, born in Kemmerer, Wyoming, was a painter of American and Central Mexican Indians as well as the caves, canyons and petroglyph rock art of the Southwest. The artist graduated from the art department at Los Angeles Trade Tech and studied privately with Will Foster and at the Chouinard Art Institute. He settled in Palmdale, California and operated the Artist's Gallery there. According to an online biography, LaMonk was "known for painting a portrait from memory while lecturing on the heritage of his subject and then concluding both the lecture and the painting at the same time." These paintings were likely executed in the 1950's or 1960's I would think, as the ink on the reverse signature is brown and looks to have age.