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 Rance Hood  (1941 - )

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Lived/Active: Oklahoma/New Mexico/Texas      Known for: Indian subject painting and sculpture

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A peyote bird spirit release
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following information was submitted in September of 2006 by Charles E. Bryan Jr./ Norman T. Stephens:

Born to a Comanche mother and a white father, Rance Hood spent most of his early years with his maternal grandparents, who raised him in their traditional native American way.  Entering elementary school, he did not know how to speak English. 

After his grandparents died, he dropped out of school and worked on oil rigs in Texas and rode the rodeo circuit. A trip to live briefly with his brother in California brought about the desire to paint and draw about his own culture, and he was soon selling his art.

He returned to to Oklahoma in the 1960's and began spending more time on his art and researching its traditions by learning techniques from already successful Indian painters. Influences of the Native American life and culture are evident in his treatment of ceremonial items like the peyote fan and buffalo skulls in his work.

Through powwows, booth shows, and galleries, he became successful and won recognition, including "First" in the Plains Division of the juried shows of the prestigeous Phillbrook Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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aegallery.com; unmpress.com


Biography from Art Exchange Gallery:
Rance Hood is one of the few Native American painters left who still paints in the manner that echoes the traditional Indian culture and spirituality of the past, which has been drastically changed by the modern and 'white man's' worlds.  Hood has introduced some abstract motifs into his backgrounds, but he adheres mainly to the traditional style of art practiced by his ancestors.

Born in 1941 in Lawton, Oklahoma, Hood grew up in the home of his maternal grandparents who taught him Comanche Indian ways and values.  Unable to speak English until he began public school at the age of six, he soon learned how to get by in the white world.

After his grandparents died, he dropped out of school and worked on oil rigs in Texas and rode the rodeo circuit. A trip to live briefly with his brother in California brought about the desire to paint and draw about his own culture, and he was soon selling his art.

He returned to Oklahoma in the 1960's and began spending more time on his art and researching its traditions by learning techniques from already successful Indian painters.  Through powwows, booth shows, and galleries, he won recognition, including "First" in the Plains Division of the juried shows of the Phillbrook Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Hood works out of his studio in Dennison, Texas, preferring to sell his own originals and reproductions and shunning the highly-marketed hype many "superstar" artists embrace.  He also donates his time and talent by providing images for Indian rights funds and film organizations for fund-raising purposes, which benefit Native Americans.  The range and focus of his career even extends to producing his tribal emblem and the design of a turbo jet.

Hood has toured Europe and Germany with one-man shows.

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-Joan Frederick, Native American Art Historian


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