Donal Hord

Theme/Style – Beaux Arts, Primitivism, Modernism, Native and Latin American Subjects

Media – Sculptures, drawings

Artistic Focus – Identified as one of the most eminent American sculptors during his lifetime, Donal Hord created sculptures renowned for their original imagery, excellent craftsmanship, and their ability to draw out the spiritual meaning in the natural phenomena they represented. Hord’s interest in Central and South American mythology, Chinese art and philosophy, and the indigenous people of Southern California are all reflected in his work. Facile in stone carving, he also created sculptures in wood, and was a major exponent of the direct carving method in both stone and wood.

Career Highlights –

• Donal Hord began his study of sculpture while at San Diego High School, going on to the Santa Barbara School of Arts and then to the University of Mexico in 1928 and 1929, where he was exposed to pre-Columbian art, an influence that shaped his life's work.
• Hord completed his formal studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Beaux Arts Institute in New York, before returning to San Diego to live and work.
• Hord was selected as one of 18 artists for the Americans 1942 exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and honored with the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ 1948 Award of Merit.
• Among Hord’s better-known works are his 1935 stone carving, La Tehuana, in Balboa Park; The Aztec (1936), a granite sculpture installed at San Diego State University; and his most important career commission, the bronze Angel of Peace (1956), in the American Battle Cemetery in Belgium.