As a sculptor, Doug Hyde often draws on his rich Native American heritage - Nez Perce, Assiniboine, and Chippewa - for the inspirations for many of his pieces. His work is influenced by Indian lore learned as a youth form his elders, and especially from his grandfather, who was called "Judge" because of his wisdom. Through legends of animal characters, they taught the morals of the people, the ways of Mother Earth, and how human beings came to be.
Hyde attended public schools in Idaho until his senior year, when he was accepted as a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe from 1963 - 1966, during which time he discovered his passion for sculpture. After taking nearly an entire semester to complete one piece, his instructor, noted Apache sculptor and Prix de West Purchase Award winner Allan Houser, suggested Hyde pursue another artistic venue - perhaps ceramics or jewelry making. Hyde redoubled his efforts in sculpting, and in time, convinced Houser he was a dedicated student. Hyde enjoyed Houser's tutelage and friendship and eventually became one of Houser's most gifted students.
In 1967, Hyde attended the San Francisco Art Institute on a scholarship for a time before enlisting in the Untied States Army. During his second tour of duty in Vietnam, he was seriously wounded by a grenade. During his recuperation he learned to use power tools while working in a friend's memorial business, all the while continuing his art education.
He returned to Santa Fe in 1972 to teach at the Institute of American Indian Arts, bringing with him experience and knowledge as well as a desire to learn all that he could about other native cultures. Whether he is exploring the Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo, or Nez Perce tribes, his work reflects the cerebration of their spirits and culture. His knowledge or sculpting was evident when he hosted the Prix de West Society for a sculpture demonstration in his studio in October 1999.
Well known for his ability to capture a vision and transform it into a three-dimensional image, Hyde has displayed his work in prestigious show, exhibitions, and private collections for more than thirty years. His work was shown at the Denver Rotary Club Artists of America Exhibition for many years. In 1998, a sculpture of his was installed in the Rose Garden at the White House. His latest installations include a bronze of Chief Joseph, installed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., a limestone sculpture of Pueblo Bonita installed at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, California, Sunrise Greeting, a Tennessee marble sculpture for a corporate collection in Michigan, and The Four Directions, for the Albuquerque Federal Court House. Sculpting in stone and bronze remain the focus of his life.
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Mother and Child
Sculpture of Italian Alabaster
17 by 13 by 8 inches
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