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  • con TEXT

    lessLIE

    $450.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 100

    2009

    Unframed

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    “As a contemporary Northwest Coast artist, the de-contextualization of Northwest Coast art is of great interest to me. By some scholars and Northwest Coast traditionalists, Northwest Coast ceremonial art has generally been perceived as de-contextualized when taken away from its ceremonial context. When the words and songs and dances are taken away from Northwest Coast art, it is perceived by some as being robbed of its meaning; hence the title “Con Text.” As a contemporary Coast Salish artist, one of the undertakings of my work is to create a new context for Coast Salish art through the utilization of text.”

     

    –lessLIE


     

  • Haida Moon Amulet

    Jay Simeon

    Price upon request

    22K Yellow Gold, Abalone shell, Mastodon Ivory, Cast

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  • Raven, Moon & Frog Amulet

    Marcel Russ

    $2,500.00 CAD

    Mastadon Ivory, Abalone Shell, Yew wood

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  • Frog Eating Dragonfly Pendant

    Christian White

    $2,200.00 CAD

    Argillite, Catlinite, Abalone shell, Sterling silver

    The Frog symbolizes luck, prosperity, stability and healing. As a communicator, Frogs connect with the world on land and under water. This figure is often carved into totem poles to prevent them from falling over.

  • Tapered Basket

    Isabel Rorick

    $4,800.00 CAD

    Plain twining & Strawberry weave patterns, Three strand twining rim

    Spruce Root, Four bands of dyed root

    Featured in the 2009 exhibition – Haida Masterworks: the ancestral spirit lives on

    Isabel Rorick comes from a long line of weavers, including her great-grandmother Isabella Edenshaw; her grandmother, Selina Peratrovich; her mother, Primrose Adams, and her Aunt, Delores Churchill. Using the Haida language of form, Isabel incorporates many traditional designs into her baskets and hats, like that of the dragonfly, raven’s tail, and spider web or slug trail.

     

  • Berry-Style Basket

    Isabel Rorick

    $5,200.00 CAD

    Plain twining

    Spruce root, Four bands of dyed root

    Featured in the 2009 exhibition – Haida Masterworks: the ancestral spirit lives on

    Isabel Rorick comes from a long line of weavers, including her great-grandmother Isabella Edenshaw; her grandmother, Selina Peratrovich; her mother, Primrose Adams, and her Aunt, Delores Churchill. Using the Haida language of form, Isabel incorporates many traditional designs into her baskets and hats, like that of the dragonfly, raven’s tail, and spider web or slug trail.

  • Hawk Moon Pendant

    Vernon Joseph White

    $1,600.00 CAD

    Argillite, Abalone Shell, Sterling Silver, Mastodon ivory

    The Hawk takes its place in the supernatural spiritual world, inspiring unique designs for masks, rattles and jewelry. For the Haida Nation, it was used to represent the Thunderbird. Often associated with the Sun, the Hawk can be distinguished by its curled beak which curves to meet the tip of the lower jaw.

    When the Raven brought light to the world, some versions of the legend say that it was the Hawk who made the Raven drop the box so it opened, releasing the Sun, Moon and Stars into the Universe.

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  • “Getting Things Right” Cockleshell Rattle Amulet with Hat Stand

    Gwaai Edenshaw

    Price upon request

    22K Yellow Gold, Platinum, Abalone shell, Cast, Engraved
    Includes Skil Hat Stand; Yew wood, Brass
    Edition 1 of 3
    2008

    5.25″ x 2.75″ x 2.75″ (including stand)

  • Eagle, Dogfish, Beaver & Frog Box

    Derek J. White

    Price upon request

    Sterling Silver, Argillite, Abalone shell, Mastodon Ivory, Repousse, Engraved

    This piece opens to reveal an inner box with relief engraving that echos the outer lid.

    Traditionally, boxes were considered prized possessions and customarily used to store wealth or special ceremonial objects such as masks, rattles, clothing and adornments. People often gave names to these beautiful ornate boxes, told stories about their histories and treated them as family heirlooms. However, non-decorated boxes acted as instruments of life – from storing less precious articles, to food and later used for mortuary purposes. In Haida mythology, a stack of boxes contained the essence from which Raven created the world.

    Eagle, Dogfish, Beaver and Frog Box retains its traditional elements through conception and imagery. Derek exhibits his mastery in his precision of line and perfect symmetry of the formline of this treasure. The gently angled lid with Abalone inlay, as well as the engraved and incised elements on the box is suggestive of the prototypic bent cornered wooden boxes and chests.

    The box contains not only depictions of four important crest animals, but connects to past traditions in which a box held more than the material object, it also linked people to their heritage, lineage and each other.

     

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  • Beaver & Bear Box

    Derek J. White

    $8,000.00 CAD

    Sterling Silver, Argillite, Abalone shell, Engraved

    Although Derek White’s Beaver and Bear Box is constructed from the contemporary material of Sterling Silver combined with Argillite, this box retains its traditional values through conception and imagery. Derek exhibits his mastery in his precision of line and perfect symmetry of the formline on this treasure. The gently angled lid with Abalone inlay as well as the engraved and incised elements on the box is suggestive of the prototypic bent cornered wooden boxes and chests.

  • Spirituality

    Susan Point

    $1,200.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 90

    2009

    Unframed

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  • Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast

    Ian M. Thom

    $60.00 CAD

    In a stunning resurgence over the past few decades, contemporary First Nations artists of the Northwest Coast have established themselves as among the most dynamic and important artist working in North America. Challenging Traditions honours this success by presenting the work of 40 of the most celebrated living artists, whose achievements reveal an accomplished melding of contemporary vitality with traditional genres. The work of such acknowledged masters as Robert Davidson, Dempsey Bob, Susan Point, Preston Singletary, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Jim Hart, and Richards Hunt, plus many younger artists, is presented in 100 colour photographs of primarily new pieces, amply demonstrating that the historic strengths of Northwest Coast culture are alive, well and continuously evolving.

    For more than a century, the state and church actively discouraged First Nations from pursuing their traditional cultures, but they persisted in keeping alive their art and ceremony. With the rise of cultural and political activism, Native art is now flourishing on an unprecedented scale. Many artists are examining the meaning and purpose of First Nations art in the twentieth-century, while following traditions and boldly experimenting with innovative subjects, techniques and materials.

    Ian Thom explores these contradictions by describing the career, working methods and philosophy of each artist, all of whom he interviewed especially for this book. He also discusses at least two significant recent artworks by each artist.

    Both senior and younger artists from all of the major First Nations on the Northwest Coast are featured, working in a variety of media and styles: groundbreaking abstract painting and metal sculptures, painstakingly woven spruce root hats and ceremonial woollen robes, works in glass, masks, carved panels, painted drums, striking political paintings, “Haida manga,” jewelry, carved argillite works and bentwood boxes.

    This book is beautiful, provocative introduction to the best contemporary First Nations art of the Northwest Coast, in the words and works of some of its leading lights.

    Published in 2009

    Hardcover

  • Ceremonial Talking Stick

    Dr. Richard Hunt

    Price upon request

    Red Cedar wood, Abalone shell (over 150 individual inlaid pieces), Acrylic paint

    More images available upon request.

    69 x 12 x 11″ (including base)

     

  • The Transforming Image: Painted Arts of the Northwest Coast First Nations

    Bill McLennan and Karen Duffek

    $57.95 CAD

    Using infrared photography, Bill McLennan, curator of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, uncovers treasures with details obscured by a layer of oil, dirt, and woodsmoke.

    Its full-colour plates show the unveiling of paintings on bentwood boxes, paddles and house front boards.  The written text by Karen Duffek brings forward new insights derived from the projects’ detective work, linking painted images to communities, histories and the hands of individual artists.

    Softcover

    Published 2000

     

     

  • Totem Pole Carving: Bringing a Pole to Life

    Vickie Jensen

    $26.95 CAD

    The totem pole is a distinctive and widely admired form of traditional Northwest Coast Native art.  Once nearly lost, this art form is alive and thriving today.  In this beautifully photographed book, Vickie Jensen collaborates with Norman Tait, a renowned Nisga’a artist, and his crew of young carvers to document the process of transforming a log into a totem pole.

    Throughout the carving process, Tait requires the apprentices to make their own tools, design their regalia and practice traditional drumming, songs and dances.  He teaches the young carvers that carving a pole requires more than time and labour, more than a firm understanding of the tools and techniques and more than artistic and emotional commitment.  The process involves respecting and following tradition and becoming involved in their cultural background.

    Published in 2003

    Softcover

  • Northwest Carving Traditions

    Karen and Ralph Norris

    $108.00 CAD

    Totem poles, drums, rattles, boxes, and canoes join the many masks displayed in over 400 beautiful photographs.

    Master carvers, as well as emerging artists, are featured in this text which guides readers to better understand the complex societies of the Northwest Coast First Nations peoples and the changing art styles.

    Published in 1999

    Hardcover

  • Eagle Transforming: The Art of Robert Davidson

    Ulli Steltzer & Robert Davidson

    $45.00 CAD

    Robert Davidson’s own words, combined with Ulli Steltzer’s photo documentation, give readers a rich visual survey of the inspirations and achievements of the artist.

    Published in 1994

    Hardcover

  • Rising Phoenix

    Richard Shorty

    $150.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 250

    2006

    Unframed

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  • Salmon and Water

    lessLIE

    $325.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 50

    2008

    Unframed

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  • Nesting Loon

    Garnet Tobacco

    $330.00 CAD

    Acrylic paint on Acid-free paper

     

    Unframed

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  • Tsimshian Treasures: The Remarkable Journey of the Dundas Collection

    Donald Ellis

    $55.00 CAD

    A collection of 36 Tsimshian masterpieces from northern British Columbia, collected over 140 years ago.

    Edited by Donald Ellis, with essays by Steven Clay Brown, Bill Holm, Alan L. Hoover, Sarah Milroy, and William White.

    Tsimshian Treasures is an extraordinary collection of masterpieces from the Dundas collection that were acquired by Reverend Robert J. Dundas in October 1963 from Natives at Old Metlakatla. The images and essays in this book honour a remarkable moment in Canadian cultural history and the triumphant return of these masterworks of Northwest Coast art after more than a century in exile.

    Published in 2007

    Hardcover

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