Joe Sr, Oreland C. Biography

Joe Sr, Oreland C. Biography

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Oreland Joe is world-renowned for his work in stone and bronze sculpture. His works can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections in the United States and abroad. Oreland Joe was born in Shiprock, New Mexico on June 3, 1958. He is a native of New Mexico and is of Dine' (Navajo) and Ute descent. Oreland Joe grew up in the four-corners area most of his life, both on the Navajo and Ute reservations. Currently, Kirtland, New Mexico is home to his family and studio.

Oreland Joe knew, by the age of four, he wanted to be an artist. As a young man, he experienced various influences that have formed the man who commands admiration and respect in today's contemporary art world.

The most important influences Oreland Joe had throughout his life include his family - his father, mother, grandfather, and teachers. These individuals provided encouragement, support, and the inspiration to grow his artistic talents. He found his father's work as a silversmith and painter, his mother's musical talent, and his grandfather's participation in traditional songs and dances provided him with cultural inspiration and appreciation for history. These experiences provided Oreland Joe with a rich and viable life which is the catalyst that has spun his ideas, images and creativity into a successful career. Oreland Joe's work in bronze has proven to be just as popular as his works in stone. Oreland primarily works with marble, alabaster, and limestone.

While in France and Italy in 1978 and 1984, Oreland Joe was able to capture, in heart and mind European art and culture. Seeing and feeling the impressive artistic works of the Greek, Roman, Renaissance and Baroque periods provoked another dimension in Oreland's artistic life. In 1986, a trip to Japan introduced a new concept as well as a wider perception/perspective of art in other cultures. The time Oreland Joe spends studying the arts and art history of the European masters (Bernini, Canova, and Michelangelo) are actually his "periods of inspiration." A constant study of the sculpture of Italy, France, Japan, England, and Egypt continues to enhance Oreland Joe's work. Researching and working with ideas and depictions of Native American lifestyles, songs, and dances of the 1800-1920s has always been a favorite as well. Images from this time span continue to give Oreland Joe a sense of home.

In 1993, Oreland Joe 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." This honor launched Oreland to new heights in his career. In 1996, he was chosen out of 50 artists by the Ponca City Native American Foundation to produce a twenty-two foot bronze sculpture of "Chief Standing Bear." It is Oreland Joe's crowning achievement to date and his most public artistic statement.

Oreland Joe's love for art has placed him in an elite class of stone and bronze sculptors known throughout the world. In spite of all his accomplishments and ever-growing popularity, Oreland Joe remains humble, sensitive, and grateful. He still finds time to teach others at his studio or workshops. He continues to be "down to earth" as the foundation that sustains him is still derived from his family, good friends, Creator. He serves as a great role model for all young people.

-Excerpted Rose Toehe,Flagstaff, Arizona

Artist Statement:
"I find strength, faith, and dignity through my heritage, yet I also find these same things in other cultures - and I derive inspiration and motivation from them as well. In my humble opinion, I'm just an artist who happens to be Native American. I find myself in a unique place of having the blessing of both worlds. And my goal and desire is to have more Native American artists to be in this place".

  • 2010 - First Place in Sculpture, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2009 - Four Monumental sculptures commissioned for Southern Ute tribe
  • 2008 - Gold Medal in Sculpture, Autry Museum
  • 2007 - First Place Sculpture Award, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2006 - Prix de West Award, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2006 - Gold Medal Sculpture, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006 - Best in Classification - Sculpture, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2003, 2006- Gold Medal Sculpture Award, Cowboy Artists of America, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 - Best in Division - Sculpture, Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2004 - Silver Medal Sculpture Award, Cowboy Artists of America, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2004 - Navajo Code Talker Monument, Window Rock, AZ and Navajo Code Talker Memorial Foundation, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2003 - Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Monument, Washington County Historical Society, Fort Calhoun, NE
  • 2002 - Gold Medal, Kieckhetfer Award for Best of Show, Cowboy Artists of America, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2001 - Silver Medal Sculpture Award, Cowboy Artists of America, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2000 - New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1999, 2000 - Gold Medal, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum of Western Heritage,Los Angeles, California
  • 1999 - Silver Medal, Cowboy Artist of American Exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1998 - Gold Medal, Cowboy Artist of American Exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1996 - William E. Weiss Purchase Award, Buffalo Bill Art Show, Cody, Wyoming
  • 1992 - The Museum Purchase Award, Governor's Invitational Western Art Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • 1993-present - Prix de West, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 1999-present - Masters of the West, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2002-present - Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2004-present - National Center of Western Art, Kerrville, TX
  • 2005-present - Wildlife and Western Visions, Clearwater, FL
  • 2004-present - Phippen Museum of Western Art, Prescott, AZ
  • 2004-present - Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1995-present - Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Cody, WY
  • 1994-present - Cowboy Artists of America, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2009 - Historic Trading Posts of the West, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2009 - Geronimo Remembered, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2007 - Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2001 - Indian Artist of America Show, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2001 - Cowboy Artist of America Roundup, Cowboy Artist of America Museum, Kerrville, TX
  • 2001 - Native American Sculpture Society, Symposium and Exhibition
  • 2000 - Gilcrease Rendezvous Retrospective Exhibition, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 2018 - Western Art Collector, July