Oil Originals: Hyrum Joe


Nestled among a grove of aspens at high elevation, this Northern Ute man gracefully sends songs of peace and blessings on the wind where nearby pow wow dancers are uplifted by his presence and the spirit of his songs.

His flute is made of cedar, and his hands are calloused from working with the wood he fashioned into this elegant instrument. His braids are evidence of his many years, and he wears a powerful porcupine quill roach atop his head that was traded to him. The sun is high, and temperatures are rising, but he plays on in an almost trance like state for hours.

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Aspen Songs
(Northern Ute at Ft. Duchesne)
14 x 11 Oil on Canvas


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Although Hyrum might be recognized as the son of the internationally known alabaster sculptor and bronze artist, Oreland Joe, he has certainly proved that he can stand on his own two feet. Hyrum creates some of the most visually compelling and original works of art in oil that we've seen by anyone his age. Last year he won the SWAIA fellowship and subsequently sold out at his very first Indian Market event.

We are delighted to have this opportunity to show Hyrum's work, which can be seen in only a handful of the most prestigious galleries in Colorado and New Mexico. Because of our close, personal relationship, we were lucky enough to acquire these recent originals, and we look forward to bringing you more.

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