Oreland Joe Sr. has a distinct style that distinguishes his sculptures from other artists. He primarily sculpts figures that relate to the traditions, customs, and beliefs of the Native people of the Southwest. Often, as with this sculpture, he presents a single figure that embodies those continuing traditions
There is a sense of spirit and peace in this sculpture. This young maiden has been masterfully carved from alabaster with lovely details. She looks thoughtfully to her right as she stands tall. Her scarf is attached with a pin, while her shawl has beautifully detailed flowers carved at each shoulder. Her belt while encircling her waist, hangs long on her hip. This gorgeous very carefully carved sculpture stands proudly on a wooden base.
Although his art has been greatly influenced from his travels throughout France, Italy and Japan, he focuses on depictions of his Native American heritage. Oreland’s art reflects the lifestyle, and the songs and dances of his culture. In 1993, Oreland received the distinct honor of becoming the first Native American artist to be a member of the famed and prestigious organization “Cowboy Artist of America” CA. This honor continues to launch Oreland into new heights in his career. In 1996, he was chosen out of 50 artists and commissioned by the Ponca City Native American Foundation to produce a twenty-two feet bronze sculpture of “Chief Standing Bear.” It is Oreland’s crowning achievement to date and his most public artistic statement.
This stunning and statuesque alabaster maiden sculpture will add a sense of peace and beauty to any collection.
Condition: Excellent – original condition.
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector from Arizona.