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. Hords 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.
• 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.
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