When Daro Flood passed away in 2017, he was immediately hailed by collectors, curators, and fellow artists as a “true Renaissance man,” as someone who, as one curator observed, “had the closest thing these days to a 19th century sensibility about nature and the natural world around him. He knew and understood things that few modern people do. He was one of the few people I have ever known that could be dropped into the middle of the wilderness and make do for himself just fine.”
Daro Flood was born into a world of western art and indigenous artifacts. His father, Dick Flood, was an old-time trader who opened the first art gallery in Jackson, Wyoming. Born and educated in Scottsdale, Arizona, by the age of 18—just out of high school—Daro Flood had mastered so many Native American skills that he was appointed conservator of the museum collections of the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, Alaska where he “literally ‘saved for posterity’ some of Alaska’s most priceless and irreplaceable cultural objects.”
Flood then went on to study sculpture and to create exceptional bronzes of Plains and Northwest Coast Indians, wrapping his impeccable research and knowledge of beadwork, wood and ivory carving, and quill and birchbark around exquisitely rendered physical forms and faces. Flood’s body of work ranks with the finest in the history of American Western bronze.