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Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
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Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||24 x 24 x 1" (60.96 x 60.96 x 2.54cm)|
Born in the Comox Valley in 1961, Doug Zilkie has carved in the Haida style since he was 16 years of age. He has gained valuable experience by working with such artists as Bill Reid, Don Yeomans, and Glen Rabena. While Doug works in a variety of mediums, his incredibly well-crafted totem poles have garnered him international acclamation.
In 1989 Doug left the Comox Valley to hone his craft with Haida artist Don Yeomans. Together, among other works of art, they created two eight-foot totems, which are now on display in private collections in the United States. While working in Vancouver, British Columbia, Doug began a successful working relationship with Bill Reid, helping him create the “Spirit of Haida Gwaii.” This iconic sculpture, cast in bronze, is located in the International wing of the Vancouver Airport and its image graces the back of the Canadian $20 bill. In 1991 Doug Zilkie was highlighted in the feature book title, ”The Black Canoe” which chronicles the development of this monumental project.
Doug has gained an international reputation as a respected artist, with several notable commissions by the Canadian government. Doug was commissioned in 1991 by the Canadian government to carve and paint two red cedar front doors for the embassy in Tanzania, Africa. And in 1993, his mask titled “Haida Sea Ghost” was acquired for the art collection of the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.
Doug continues to prove a multifaceted and distinctive artist, creating works in a variety of media including wood, bronze, silver, stone and graphics. He is also a highly respected screen printer and has cut the stencils for many prints used in Northwest Coast Native art. As he continues to develop and excel at his craft, his artwork is increasingly sought after by collectors worldwide.
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Spoons and ladles were traditionally made from either cedar wood or the horn of a mountain sheep, and their handles were carved with family crest images. Historically, these exquisitely sculptured objects were primarily created by people in Northern Nations, and were highly sought after by other nations. During potlatches [festive gatherings], cedar ladles decorated with the hosting family’s crests were used to serve food, while the elaborately carved mountain sheep spoons were distributed as gifts among the many guests.
Today, spoon and ladle productions are based on these traditional objects and are meant to be both objects of function and display. In addition to traditional mediums such as cedar wood, goat or mountain sheep horn, many modern-day spoons and ladles are constructed of gold, silver and pewter.
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“People of the Eagle” Frontlet, masterfully carved and painted by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Barry Scow, represents the Chief and his people of the Eagle clan. True to form of Barry’s fine carving, this frontlet portrays the Eagle with Sun, and commemorates Barry’s link to his Grandfather, who was a Chief, and to his heritage.
A Frontlet is a forehead mask attached to a woven headpiece, worn only by Chiefs and high-ranking individuals in order to display status. This particular frontlet carries the Eagle and Sun motif. The Eagle position belonged to the highest-ranking Chief in the village.
The Eagle lives in the sky, or Upper World, and represents status, power, peace and friendship. Eagle is the Chief of the birds, an honor he shares with the Woodpecker. The Sun is a popular Kwakwaka’wakw motif, used quite regularly in their art. The sun can represent life and creative forces as well as warmth and healing.
To further establish his high position, the Chief practiced a traditional act of discarding his wealth in front of other Chiefs. Much of this wealth was in the form of copper. To break the copper or throw it into the ocean, symbolized that he and his clan were modest of their wealth and that the value of friendship weighed more than the value of material wealth.
To assist the Chief with this historical display of modesty, a subordinate was appointed. The assistant is portrayed below the beak of the Eagle, carved in intricate detail, as one can see in the teeth and tongue of the human face. Another beautiful component of this piece are the Chief’s people, delicately cradled in the beak of the Eagle.