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Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Cedar bark, Copper, Stone, Acrylic paint
55.5 x 11 x 11"
Coast Salish (Chemainus) Nation
Coast Salish artist Luke Marston, born in 1976, has grown up in a family of artists and has been carving since he was a child. Both his parents, Jane and David Marston, are experienced carvers who provided Luke with his introduction to the art and skill of carving. He credits his Mother, his Father and nature as his first teachers.
When Luke first began to carve he sought guidance from Nisga’a carver, Wayne Young. Simon Charlie has also been an influential teacher and Luke assisted him in the creation of four house posts. More recently he has been working at Thunderbird Park and has been influenced by artists there, in particular, Shawn Karpes. In addition to his wood carving, Luke enjoys the medium of silver for expressing the legends and designs of the Coast Salish people.
Luke has chosen to create art as his career. By doing this he feels fortunate to participate in keeping the culture alive. For Luke, doing art is both a challenge and a satisfying career. He spends a lot of time studying the old pieces of art and then using his artistic intuition and skill to put the designs into his out style.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2011 Coast Salish Masterworks: Connecting the Past to the PresentCoastal Peoples Fine Arts GalleryVancouver, B.C. 2006Transcendence – a decade in perspective, Group exhibition at Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery. Vancouver, BC.
The drum is considered one of the main percussive instruments, along with the rattle, which was used in traditional Northwest Coast ceremonies and cultural events. Its beat provides the basis from which dances, songs and oral histories are performed during a Potlatch.
The Thunderbird is a supernatural, mythical creature that lives high in the mountains and feeds on Killerwhale. It’s been aptly named for the thunder that rolls off its wings and lightening comes from its eyes when it flies.
Although Derek White’s Beaver and Bear Box is constructed from the contemporary material of Sterling Silver combined with Argillite, this box retains its traditional values through conception and imagery. Derek exhibits his mastery in his precision of line and perfect symmetry of the formline on 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.
Derek White’s extraordinary Beaver & Eagle Fish Bowl, created in the traditional Haida form and utilizing the ancient technique of repousse to add dimension, demonstrates his articulate master carving and artistry skills. Containers such as bowls were traditionally created out of Cedar or Alder wood and utilized in daily life. The chosen medium of silver serves as a contemporary progression of this ancient art form while illustrating the intricate foundational links which combine cultural heritage with the arts.