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Alder wood, Cedar bark, Acrylic paint, Abalone shell
31.5 x 19.5 x 10″ (including base)
Coast Salish / Cree Nations
Coast Salish / Cree Nations
In 1956, Randy Stglitz was born on the Capilano Reservation, North Vancouver, British Columbia.
At a young age, Randy began to carve in the early 1970s during a period of cultural resurgence of Northwest coast art. Although Coast Salish, he was taught the Kwakwaka’wakw style which was considered the most marketable at the time and offered new artists an immediate career as it was in demand by many collectors.
There was a delay for Coast Salish style to enter the market due to privacy issues and the personal significance of their cultural objects, which had long been protected from outsiders.
When Randy eventually moved to Victoria on Vancouver Island for four years, he spent time studying at the Hunt family studio with John Livingston and Gene Brabant – two acclaimed and significant Kwakwaka’wakw artists who delved deeply into the historic aspects of their art form and translated their studies into contemporary art works.
Since moving to Vancouver to begin his career on a full-time basis, he retains the influences of the Kwakwaka’wakw style in his work.
His artwork is a part of the permanent display in the Bill Gates Microsoft Collection. In addition to having published works, he has been included in the private collections of Hollywood actors.
Norman Tait’s exceptional Sun Hawk Mask stems from his father’s clan, the Tlingit Nation ancestry, and primarily represents one of his father’s family crest figures. While this exquisite mask depicts elements of a human face, the additional features, such as the beak, allude to its supernatural connection. Constructed from Alder wood, the wood’s unique grain is a strong element within the design and is used to exemplify the mask’s delicate human-like structure. Furthermore, the addition of acrylic paint and the stark horsehair locks add life to this Humanized Supernatural-being.
The regalia of a privileged Matriarch would include wearing a frontlet as a headdress when attending special ceremonies. Frontlets are typically worn by high-ranking individuals as a display of crests and status. Often, they are decorated with materials that imply great wealth and power, such as Abalone shell and Sea Lion whiskers.
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