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Glass, etched and sandblasted
16.75 x 14 x 5″ (including base)
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Glass, etched and sandblasted
16.75 x 14 x 5″ (including base)
Geoff Greene began his journey on May 10th, 1959 in Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. He is a member of the Haida nation, the only group that inhabits these Islands.
The Haida people are a matriarchal nation. In the spirit of matriarchal culture, Geoff inherited his talent as an artist naturally. Geoff credits his mother and grandmother for both influencing and promoting his artistic talent.
Geoff’s art has been influenced by his history, his culture and Haida traditions. The traditional designs and styles of the old people and famous artists such as Tom Price and Charles Edenshaw, are the visions Geoff captures in his art. Geoff strongly believes that it is in his history where the pride of his people lies, and so he has chosen not to adopt a contemporary style to his art. Geoff chooses to access traditional styles in his work, utilizing the colours of red and black in order to continually respect his ancestry.
Geoff’s creativity and talent can be found in a variety of media. The scope of who he is can be found in his argillite carvings, silverwork, paintings, Japanese Glass Balls, and traditional drums. His work evolves around the crests and legends of the Haida people. Geoff’s work recognizes honors and celebrates the many gifts of Mother Earth. Images of whales, eagles, ravens and frogs can be found throughout his work.
Geoff’s pieces can be found in many private collections. He displays and markets his art in galleries within Haida Gwaii and is presently branching out into the Vancouver market. Geoff belongs to the Raven and the Eagle Clans. Given who he is and where he comes from, it is certain that the ‘spirit of flight’ will remain a constant in Geoff’s artwork.
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Yellow Cedar wood, Red Cedar wood, Glass, Etched, Sandblasted, LED Illumination, Acrylic paint
“This piece is a representation of the Moon which is [an] ancestral part of our mythology. Moon is said to have been the great leader who changed great things in his time among our people. Being half human and half sky being, he was part of the people. This depiction in particular, shows the Salmon numbered in five, which also denotes the number used in defining Puyallup stories as these are shared through the Puget Sound.” – Shaun Peterson
The artist has mixed conventional Northwest Coast materials with modern media to create this moon panel, Keeper of the Tide.
The central figure represents the face of the moon. In Northwest Coast culture, the Moon is regarded as a symbol of protection and guardianship. The Moon is often associated with transformation.
Using sandblasted glass, Shaun has incorporated swimming salmon circling the Moon’s face. Salmon are honoured and celebrated by all coastal peoples: the fish serves as a powerful symbol of regeneration, self-sacrifice, and perseverance. Shortages of salmon are traditioally attributed to human disrespect and refusal to listen to and live by the wisdom of elders.
Glass, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
Every household and every clan possessed its own history and traditions in the form of myths and legends. Often describing how an individual had met a supernatural being, in animal form, who had given ownership of certain privileges. These privileges are a highly important part of First Nations life and are retained by particular family groups through their laws of inheritance. Privileges gave an individual status in the community and were more highly valued than any material possession.
Salmon are honoured and celebrated by all coastal peoples: the fish serves as a powerful symbol of regeneration, self-sacrifice, and perseverance.
Shortages of salmon are traditionally attributed to human disrespect and refusal to listen to and live by the wisdom of elders. The Pacific Northwest Coast peoples believed that salmon were actually people with eternal life who lived in a large house far under the ocean. In spring, they put on their salmon disguises and offered themselves to humans as food.
The Nations believed that when entire fish skeletons were returned to the sea, the spirits would rise again and change into salmon people. In this way, the cycle could begin again the following year.
Chaz’s beautifully etched glass Salmon Panel pays tribute to First Nation culture, oral history and traditions. These are testament to an ideology in which we are all interconnected and part of the greater whole – each related to and affecting one another.
Exclusive to Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery
Glass; Etched and sandblasted (Glass thickness 12mm)
Every Household and every clan possessed its own history and traditions in the form of myths and legends. Often describing how an individual had met a supernatural being, in animal form, who had given ownership of certain privileges. These privileges are a highly important part of First Nations life and are retained by particular family groups through their laws of inheritance. Privileges gave an individual status in the community and were more highly valued than any material possession.
In reality there were rights, such as the right to use a figure on a house post, wear a mask or to perform a dance at a ceremony. Very typical of these legends was the tale of Natcitlaneh, who was abandoned on an island by his brothers-in-law, who were jealous of his prowess as a hunter. He was rescued by the sea lions and taken to their village in a cave, where in gratitude for his healing their Chief, gave him supernatural powers which enabled him to carve eight wooden Killerwhales. These came to life when they were placed in the sea and avenged him by killing his brothers-in-law. As a mark of respect, Natcitlaneh built a house and named it Killerwhale House. According to legend the ancestors visited the house, located at the bottom of the ocean and obtained the right to use the Killerwhale as a crest. The Killerwhale was said to have originated from a single great white wolf that leaped into the sea and transformed itself into a Killerwhale, or Orca. That is why they have the white markings on their sides, travel in packs and are such skilled hunters. The Orca is considered to be the ocean manifestation of the wolf and the two animals are considered to be directly related.
Another beautiful legend tells that long ago Orca was one color, black and she lived in the water like all fish. Then she fell in love with Osprey and he with her. The Orca wanted to know so badly what it felt like to fly so she leapt farther and farther out of the water to be close to her love and Osprey spent more and more time close to the water to be near his love. Love has a way of making itself shown and expressed, and when their child was born, she was black like Orca, but with a white belly and head like the Osprey. The Orca has a song so beautiful that all creation is said to stop and listen to the Orca and that to be splashed by the Orca is to ensure great luck and happiness.
Chaz’s beautifully sculptured glass Killerwhales pay tribute to First Nation culture, oral history and traditions. These are testament to an ideology in which we are all interconnected and part of the greater whole- each related and affecting the other.
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Glass, etched and sandblasted, Edition of 45
Natural Maple wood or Stainless steel base
Various heights are available beginning at 3+ feet
The interplay between tradition and innovation is the premise for this contemporary totem pole. While cedar wood predominates, noted Haida artist, Geoff Greene has applied his foresight in designing traditional Haida motifs in the contemporary medium of glass. It makes a strong visual statement with its structured Haida form line, yet the translucent nature of the glass softens the composition, clearly defining the progression of Haida art. From the top, the Eagle is portrayed perched, with the Raven and Moon following. The Eagle signifies peace and friendship, while the Raven is the folk hero who created the Moon, stars and the universe. The Bear, at the base of the totem, is a close relative to mankind known to share both human and animal traits.
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Glass, etched and sandblasted, 20K Gold Leaf
Stainless steel or Maple wood base available
Edition of 57
28.5 x 18.5 x 7″ (including base), Glass thickness 12mm
Geoff Greene’s Haida Eagle Totem pays tribute to an important symbol and crest figure to the Haida nation. Created in the contemporary medium of glass, the Haida Eagle Totem celebrates traditional design within a luminous setting that speaks to the evolution of the classic Haida form.
The Eagle is respected for its intelligence and power as well as its vision both figurative and literal; it claims both honor and a high stature. The Eagle Clan is traditionally the most prominent family and the Eagle Chief the most powerful chief. Although revered as a powerful hunter, the Eagle’s feathers are considered sacred. Traditionally, Shamans believed that Eagle feathers possessed healing powers and thus used them in various ceremonial and ritual contexts; today these feathers are still strewn to welcome an honored guest.
Geoff Greene’s beautifully etched and sandblasted Haida Eagle Totem employs the magnificent translucent nature of glass in its finish along with the accent of gold leaf to provide additional depth and interest within this unique work. Masterly created, this piece blends ancient animal symbolism within a stylized contemporary form and demonstrates how many artists are setting themselves apart through their unique concepts.