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Sterling silver, Deeply Engraved
|Dimensions||1.75 x 6.25" (4.45 x 15.88cm)|
|Nation||Haida / Metis Nations|
Haida / Metis Nations
Born on June 29, 1958, in Prince Rupert, BC, Don Yeomans is one of the most respected and renowned Northwest Coast Native artists. Born of a Masset Haida father and a Metis mother from Slave Lake, Alberta, Yeomans has studied and worked in the Haida Style since he was a youth.
As a young man, Yeomans apprenticed under the expert guidance of his aunt, Freda Diesing. He worked with Robert Davidson RCA on the Charles Edenshaw Memorial Longhouse and completed a jewelry apprenticeship with Phil Janze. Yeomans has also studied fine art at Langara College in Vancouver.
He has worked with many acclaimed Northwest coast artists, including Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Phil Janze and Gerry Marks, studying their styles, techniques and philosophies.
Don Yeomans crafts his artworks in many materials: he creates exquisite jewelry pieces in gold and silver, paints elegant Haida designs on paper, produces outstanding prints and is one of the finest carvers.
His work can be found in the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology, the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Seattle Art Museum. In 2002 he completed a major totem pole commission for Stanford University.
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Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
“In 1978, I did my first silkscreen print design. It was a red formlined transforming Raven. The people I showed it to said it was not traditional, as most designs have black formline and red fillers. Out of fear, I did a traditional Dogfish and released it together with my so-called radical red Raven.
To this day, red formlines make me a little nervous – but with this Killerwhale being one of my first uses of undulating formline, I needed to be bold. People believe confidence is the absence of fear when it comes to being accepted. In my experience, the fear never leaves, you just keep your nerves to yourself. Maybe that’s why it’s called ‘self-confidence’.” – Don Yeomans
Cast Forton, Edition of 12
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“When I decided to carve a Moon mask, I wanted it to depict something beyond Haida legend. Traditionally, Raven is represented with the Sun and Moon because of his role in placing these heavenly elements into our sky. With my mask, the female Moon is surrounded by two Ravens – a male and female. They represent myself and my wife Trace, as we are both from the Haida Raven clan. Looking at the stars and moon on clear nights just happens to be one of our favourite things to do.” – Don Yeomans
Yellow Cedar wood
“This is one of the first pieces I carved for this show. It was abstract, in the sense that the parts of the bird had been rearranged to fit the circle. The main idea was to showcase a new style of design, where I use what I call, ‘undulating formline’. Traditional design uses shapes called ovoids and u-shapes, which in themselves are complete elements. In this new style, my elements go under and over and through. My first drawing of this style came to me about 20 years ago. Only in recent years have I been able to carve it to the level I imagined it at.” – Don Yeomans