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Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
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Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||5 x 3.75 x 1.75"|
|Artist||Wilf J. Sampson|
Wilf Sampson was born in Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada in 1957. He is a member of the Gitksan Nation, which inhabits the Northern coast of the province.
Wilf has been designing and carving Northwest Coast Native art since 1981. He initially taught himself by looking through books and by observing the works of other artists. Motivated by the beauty of the art, as well as the sense of accomplishment, Wilf completed the beginners and advanced carving and design courses at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Art and Design in Hazelton in 1984. While at the school, Wilf honed his talents and skills under master artists such as Walter Harris, Earl Muldoe, Ken Mowatt and Vernon Stevens. Wilf obtained additional inspiration and guidance from realist artist and Native art enthusiast, Ron Burleigh.
Wilf Sampson takes great pride in continuing the traditions of Northwest Coast Native art, exemplified in his carvings and paintings. All of his works are original designs, many of which invoke contemporary as well as traditional designs and motifs. He specializes in carved and painted decorative masks as well as original paintings.
Many of his works are in private collections and galleries around the world, including Japan, the United States and several countries in Europe. Wilf plans to pursue his career as an artist by enrolling in further studies of art and by continuing to carve, paint and design.
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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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