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David Neel has been creating art in the Kwakwaka’wakw style for over twenty years. His paintings, printmaking, carvings, and jewelry are all informed by his heritage, which includes several successful artists: Dave Neel Sr., his father; Ellen Neel, his grandmother; Mungo Martin, his great-great uncle; and Charlie James, his great-great-great grandfather. While many of his pieces are more contemporary in their material and design, Neel learned carving in the traditional style by his family and peers in his father’s village.
While Neel portrays meaningful stories and traditional values in all of his pieces, he says he finds jewelry the most impactful art form. He appreciates the fact that clients attach their own meaning to his jewelry and that it is used to mark important, personal events in people’s lives.
Neel has exhibited his work in many public institutions, including solo exhibitions at: the National Portrait Gallery of Canada; The Smithsonian Institution – NMAI; the Venice Biennale, and his work is represented in numerous public collections. His children are following in family legacy; studying art at the Emily Carr University and working with their father.
“In ancient times, Raven, the trickster, resolved to steal the sun from an old man who lived with his daughter far to the north. He transformed himself into a cedar sprig and fell into water which the girl drank, and the next day she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. The old man was happy to be a grandfather and spoiled the boy, who grew rapidly and was a toddler in just a few days.
He was allowed to play with everything, except an old cedar box. The precocious boy cried until the grandfather relented and let the boy play with it. Quickly he took it outside and immediately transformed into Raven, and flew away with it. But when he reached the clouds a gust of wind blew the box out of his mouth, and as it fell the lid opened, the sun escaped and floated up towards the sky world where it stayed, and it lit the world below.”