Oil Originals: Hyrum Joe


August begins to bring the slightest relief from the scorching heat of mid-summer, just as the Crow Nation gathers together for their annual inter-tribal fair and festival. Many have prepared for months to make the pilgrimage to Southwestern Montana, while others who live nearby stay ready year-round for this memorable event. Artisans, dancers, healers, pow wow princesses, and even rodeo cowboys will present their talents and skills as awards are given, trades are made, and good times are had by all.

Perhaps the most striking scene of all are the many traditional Plains Indian tipis that are errected in the camp along the river in the days and weeks leading up to Crow Fair. Emerging from one of those lodges might be this man, adorned with a ceremonial eagle feather headdress - customarily worn by chiefs or other special guests and dignitaries. A look of honor is proudly emblazoned across his face as he stares intently at the young men and women dancing in the arena.

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Pow Wow Chief
8 x 10 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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