Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
January 8, 2000

Rance Hood

Rance Hood is one the few Native American artists who still paints in the manner which echoes the tradional Indian culture and spirituality of the past that has been drastically changed by the modern world.

Born in 1941 in Lawton, Oklahoma, Rance grew up in the home of his maternal grandparents who taught him the Comanche Indian ways and values. Rance thought his grandfather to be in tune with the rhythms of God and nature. Images from his grandfather's stories join the soaring colors of Peyote ritual in Rance's work. It's these childhood images, in Hood's words that, "The wind comes blowing through you - it blows your sins away," are frequent themes in Hood's art.

Rance Hood's range sets him apart from the many competent but less adventurous traditionalist collegues. He has subtle ways of wedding color and technique to subject matter. His paintings go beyond tradition, beyond facility and far beyond illustration. They become performances, icons or bridges to a lost culture or a sacred realm.

Several winds blow through Rance Hood's painted world. They are the winds of history, myth and magic.

To see more of Rance Hood's work, visit his homepage
Rance Hood

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