Sun and Moon Gods, 1967
Douglas "Doug" Hyde
(Nez Perce/Assiniboine/Chippewa, 1946 - present)
|Medium||Wood, mixed media|
|Dimensions||43.5” x 13” x 6.25”|
A student of IAIA’s first graduating class, Douglas “Doug” Hyde, enrolled at IAIA in 1963, where he studied sculpture under Allan Houser, jewelry under Charles Loloma, and ceramics under Ottilie Loloma. He then received a scholarship to study at the San Francisco art institute, which he attended from 1967 until he enlisted in the US Army and served in the Vietnam War. It was also around 1967 that he created the work Sun and Moon Gods, which embraces his experimental, organic style of “emerging” figures. The painted nails resemble beadwork an add a complex texture and personality to the piece. His sculptures often express his culture’s belief system and oral history. Sun and Moon Gods’ abstract figure also evokes petroglyph depictions of spiritual beings. After his service in Vietnam, Hyde returned to IAIA in 1971 to teach sculpture. His works have been exhibited at the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, Texas; Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Eiteljog Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana.