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Crazy Dog Song

by Rance Hood

Dimensions: 37.5 x 27.5
Gift of the artist, 1986

Crazy Dog Song by Rance Hood

The Artwork

In this evening scene, an American Indian warrior and his horse are seen aloft as they cross a hill. Movement and tension are created through the dynamic angles created by the warrior's spear and the horse's flowing mane and tail. The orange hue of the dirt in the foreground contrasts greatly with the deep blue of the upper sky. This use of color helps make it appear that the warrior has emerged from the other side of the hill. On the left and right side of the serigraph, the silhouettes of two other warriors are seen as they prepare to cross the hill. The placement of the three warriors help create a classic triangular composition.

The Artist

Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, Comanche artist Rance Hood is primarily self-taught and has exhibited in hundreds of group exhibitions in galleries, museums, and one-person shows. Many consider Hood a master of color, movement, and rhythm, and he consciously paints in a manner that adheres to the traditional style of his ancestors. His work can be found in the permanent collections of many museums including the Philbrook Museum of Art, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Comanche Nation Tribal Museum, Southern Plains Indian Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Hood has received more than 25 honors and commissions for his work which has been published in many magazines, newspapers, and books. His work also belongs in the private collections of Joseph Coors, Joe Walsh, Stevie Nicks, and Reba McEntire, among others.