Douglas Howland1946 -
Born: 1946, Hermiston, Oregon
Of Native American descent, Doug Hyde creates life-size sculptures of human and animal figures in stone and bronze. The artist is of Nez Perce, Assiniboine, and Chippewa ancestry, but he creates figures from many tribes and locations after doing extensive research concerning his subjects. Animals make up a large part of his oeuvre as imagery from the stories he heard as a child from his grandfather. Much of his work is commissioned by city governments and organizations in order to commemorate an event or people. While his work is realistic and authentically detailed, some of his sculptures are somewhat stylized as well.
After growing up in Oregon and Idaho, Hyde attended the San Francisco Art Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he studied under and became friends with Allan Houser. He served two tours in Vietnam and was seriously injured. While recovering, Hyde worked as a carver of tombstones and sculpted his own art at night. After his first show in 1972 at the Northern Plains Indian Museum in Montana where his work completely sold out, he moved to Santa Fe and took over Houser's teaching position. In 1974, Hyde dedicated himself full-time to studio work and has been creating stone and bronze sculptures ever since.
His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Eiteljorg Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Amon Carter Museum, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art. He has also been presented with awards from the White House, Kennedy Center, Heard Museum, Artists of America, and the Prix de West Invitational Exhibition at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
"With commissions, I listen to what the people have to say, whether it's a tribe from Hawaii or California or the Southwest, or anywhere. I absorb it, I get a picture of it, I try to get a flavor of it. . . . I do as much research as I can. Then I try to re-create that world in three-dimensional form."
(Source Material: Gauntleroy, Gussie. "Rock Solid," Southwest Art (March 2004): 135-138.)