Oil Originals: Hyrum Joe


This plains dancer has painstakingly prepared himself for his ceremony by days of fasting, followed by prayers with family and council men. His war paint was applied in honor of his fallen nephew who served his country valiantly. His prayers are for the wellbeing of his spirit as well as those who are still engaged in service. His eyes are closed in reverence and out of physical exhaustion. He has not had any sleep in nearly two days and continues to dance to a precise rythym. He will be honored by guests and visitors who will bestow gifts upon his nephew's family.

Some would consider this a vision quest since his body is weak and his spirit is close to the other world. Here he may communicate or interact with the departed or receive instructions from his medicine keeper. The drums beat loudly and his lips move to the sound of chants being sang by the drum group, but his focus is always on his steps.

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Sacred Paint
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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