The Three Legged Race

the 3 legged race36″ x 48″, Acrylic on canvas, 2004       (Collection of the Artist)

“The Three Legged Race” portrays an equally discouraging vision of marriage, played out on a colorful landscape lifted from the hollywood children’s classic “The Wizard of Oz”. While a struggling couple of newlyweds limps down the Yellow Brick Road, shackled together for life, The Best Man rests at the finish line, no longer caught up in the race to find a soulmate to complete his life. He is finished with all that, and seemingly at peace. – ALLAN J. RYAN, Riel Benn’s “Best Man”: An Unlikely Successor to Iktomi’s Trickster Legacy, AMERICAN INDIAN ART MAGAZINE, SPRING 2010

“I ran the race, it was rather easy, I ran swiftly as I passed struggling and tripping couples. Bound and tied together at the ankle, they had trouble working together as a team and I could hear them arguing as I flew by them like the wind. Sure I had a few good laughs along the way, I even found my self skipping. I maybe nothing in the eyes of women and I may have a rabbit in my hat, But I’m fast! – The Best Man



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