Oil Originals: Hyrum Joe


This adorable little Navajo girl is dressed in her Sunday best as she patiently waits for grandma to get ready for the ceremony. Behind the hogan are familiar toys, but her favorites are the dolls that were hand made for her by her Nali.

Like her grandmother, her hair is pulled back, she wears a traditional velvet dress, and the weight of an elaborate squash blossom necklace can be felt around her delicate neck. She is in a world of transition, as you see the contrast between the young and old, as well as the traditional and the modern.

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8 x 6 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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