Artwork copyright R. E. Beans. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Yakima Kid, 1980

R. E. Beans
(American, born 1947)

Location: Representative Pat Sullivan's Office, Olympia


Yakima Kid is a screen print created by artist R.E. Beans (also known as Larry Knodel). The whimsical composition suggests a western shirt patterned with snakeskin. Insets at the cuff and yoke of the shirt feature desert landscapes. Saguaro cactus and salmon-riding cowboys populate these scenes. The artist notes, "My work deals with visual puns and enigmatic images that magnify ordinary life events into mildly magic and surreal metaphors. My purpose in doing so is not simply to make visual jokes, but rather to make seriously playful judgments about life and society."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Bethel School District.


Artist and teacher Larry Knodel is also known by the name R.E. Beans. He was born in South Dakota. He received an Associate Arts degree from Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Central Washington University in Ellensburg. He has taught at the University of Arizona in Tucson and at Central Washington University.

MediumScreen print on paper
Dimensions33 1/5 in x 21 1/4 in, 40 1/4 in x 28 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in (framed)
ID NumberWSAC1984.040.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyWashington State House
Artwork LocationRepresentative Pat Sullivan's Office
House Majority Leadership Suite, South Wall
WA CountyThurston
Site TypeState Agency
Address339A Legislative Building, Capitol Campus
Olympia, WA 98504
Geo. Coordinates47.041975 | -122.901474
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