Allan Houser at work

Happy 100th Birthday Allan Houser! Works by the Apache Master Sculptor


On June 30, 1914, Allan Capron Haozous was born on a farm near Apache, Oklahoma. He would go on to become the world-famous sculptor Allan Houser, but even without such massive artistic destiny, young Allan's situation was noteworthy -- he was the first Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache born out of U.S. Government captivity since Germonimo's surrender in 1886. 

Allan Houser left Oklahoma at the age of 20 to study art in Santa Fe. He was a gifted artist, but it would be several more years before he began sculpting. During World War II, Houser lived in Los Angeles, working the L.A. shipyards by day and painting and sculpting at night. 

He created his first marble sculpture, Comrades in Mourning, for Haskell University, in 1948, and cast his first bronzes in 1967. As a sculptor of stone and bronze, Houser would become a world-respected modernist. His works now share space in museums with those of the masters who influenced him: Jean Arp, Constantin Brâncuși, and Henry Moore.

Allan Houser died in 1994, aged 80. The works he created are among the most iconic in all Native American art -- and include the "Sacred Rain Arrow" featured on the Oklahoma license plate. Here is a selection of Houser sculptures on display in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, obtained from the Allan Houser Facebook Page

'The Future' 5th & Marquette Albuquerque
"Dineh" Wheelwright Museum Santa Fe
"Hunter's Vision" Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Santa Fe
'Dialogue' Wheelwright Museum Santa Fe
"Raindrops" New Mexico State Capitol Building Santa Fe
'Anasazi' Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Santa Fe
"Heading Home" Wheelwright Museum Santa Fe
"Abstract Crown Dancer 1" Albuquerque Sunport - Rental Car Center
"Morning Prayer" New Mexico State Capitol Building Santa Fe
"Mustangs" Governor's Mansion  Santa Fe
"Resting The Spirit" Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Santa Fe

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