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Doug Hyde

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Known for native American figures, Doug Hyde casts bronze sculpture from original stone work but prefers to do originals from stone because he loves the resistance of the medium.

He has been a long-time resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, but was born in Hermiston, Oregon into the Nez Perce tribe.  He attended the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe where he was one of the first students of Allan Houser, the highly successful Apache sculptor.  Hyde then served in the Army for two tours of Vietnam, and was seriously wounded in a Saigon grenade attack.  In the early 1970s, he returned to Santa Fe to succeed Houser in directing the Institute's sculpture program, and then in 1974 turned to full-time studio work.

Because of Hyde's skill as a sculptor combined with his closeness to the Indian culture and his war experience, he was chosen by business people in Phoenix, Arizona to create a monument to the Code Talkers, Navajo soldiers during World War II who used the language as military code, something the Japanese were unable to decifer.  Because the Navajos were so young at the time of their service, he depicted a young man as a non-warrier, seated on the ground and playing his flute to calm the sheep he was herding.  The work, Code Talker, completed in the late 1980s, is installed outside an office complex at Central Avenue and Thomas Roads in the downtown business district.

In 1996, Hyde was named Santa Fe's Distinguished Artist and has also received the Great American Artist Award from the Cincinnati Museum Center in Ohio. 

Sources include:
The Arizona Republic, 1/10/2002 (Arizona Living Section)
Donald Martin Reynolds, Masters of American Sculpture

Biography from Nedra Matteucci Galleries
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For the last two decades, Hyde has been a recognized leader among
Native American artists, and his reputation has been increasing. From images evoked by Indian lore to those reflecting the modern Native American, his work exudes emotion, strength, and beauty and resonates with influences from his Native American heritage.

Hyde was born in Hermiston, Oregon of Nez Perce, Chippewa, and Assiniboine background. He studied at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, where he worked with renown sculptor Allan Houser, and continued his artistic education under a scholarship at the San Francisco Institute of Art. Hyde then served with the army in Vietnam, but was gravely wounded during his second tour of combat duty. Upon his return, Hyde moved back to Santa Fe, where he continued his studies at night by learning to carve stone using power tools, while working during the day. Beginning in 1972, he served as a faculty member at the Institute of American Indian Arts, leaving in 1974 to devote himself full-time to his own artwork.

Hyde sculpts in a wide array of materials including marble, alabaster, onyx,
limestone and finally, bronze. His creativity has evolved with even greater diversity through working in bronze. The contrast and textures he achieves by sculpting in this medium and exploring different patinas is remarkable and bold.

Sculptures by Doug Hyde are included in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, the Heard Museum, Museum of the Southwest, the Eitelborg Museum, and the Gilcrease Museum. The Gilcrease Museum sponsored a retrospective exhibit of Hyde's work in 1990.

A Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Hyde was elected to its board of directors in 2008. That year was an auspicious one for Hyde, as he also received the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture at the Autry National Center of the American West's Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, in recognition of his outstanding artistic merit. Additionally, his 14-foot bronze, "Little Turtle," was purchased by the Smithsonian's Cultural Resource Center in Washington, D.C. as part of its permanent collection.

Hyde has continued to be granted numerous commissions for public and private works, and was awarded the 2009 Best Sculpture Award by the Eiteljorg Museum at their Quest for the West show and sale.

Since 2006 Doug Hyde has worked out of his studio in Prescott, Arizona.

Biography from Mark Sublette Modern
Of Native American descent, Doug Hyde was born in Hermiston, Oregon, in 1946. The lore of his Nez Perce, Assiniboine, and Chippewa ancestry came to him from his grandfather and other elders who carefully instructed him through legends of animal characters the morals of his people as well as the ways of Mother Earth and the creation of man.

He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during which time he enjoyed the tutelage and friendship of the late renowned Apache sculptor, Allan Houser.  In 1967 he attended the San Francisco Art Institute on scholarship for a time before enlisting in the U.S. Army.

During his second tour of duty in Viet Nam, he was very seriously wounded by a grenade.  During his recuperation he learned the use of power tools in the cutting and shaping of stone while working in a friend's tombstone business, all the while continuing his art education and sculpting at night.  Finally he entered some of his sculpture for a show sponsored by the Northern Plains Indian Museum in Browning, Montana. When his work sold out, he realized that he was now ready to make his mark and that Santa Fe was to be his base of operations.

Returning to Santa Fe in 1972 to teach at the Institute of American Indian Arts, he brought with him experience and knowledge as well as a desire to learn all he could about other native cultures.  The following year he left the Institute to devote himself full time to sculpting. 

His works sculptured in bronze or stone, often in monumental size, frequently represent the stories told to him during his youth or portray more historical events.  What is of great importance to him is that they are accurate representations of their subject matter, and that process only occurs "when I can visualize the finished sculpture in my mind."

Doug has remained a resident of Santa Fe since 1972.  His works may be viewed in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Heard Museum, Museum of the Southwest, Southwest Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Eitelborg Museum, and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center among others.  In 1990 the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, provided him with a retrospective exhibit of his work.

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About  Doug Hyde

Born:  1946 - Hermiston, Oregon
Known for:  Native American sculpture