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Red Cedar wood
|Dimensions||48 x 48 x 3" (121.92 x 121.92 x 7.62cm)|
|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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Sterling Silver; Repousse, Engraved
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.
Other works by this artist
Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
36 x 24.75 x 2″ (each panel)
36 x 74.25 x 2″ (entire triptych)
“I have always loved patterns in design. The goal in this series was to represent a pod of whales in a very traditional colour & design. The biggest challenge for me in this was the absolute [tedium] I experienced having to carve the same design three times.” – 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
Serigraph, Edition of 99
(For inquiries on Custom Framing, please contact the gallery)
“The print depicts two humans, split from one original body they once shared. Separated and suspicious of each other, they are easy victims for the powers that divide them.” – Don Yeomans
Yellow Cedar wood (bent & bulged), Operculum shell, Acrylic paint
“These steam-bent boxes are a lot of fun to do. The boards being extra thick lend themselves well to very sculptural carving. I chose to do a Killerwhale nearly twenty years ago, when I first got this box from my late friend, Larry Rosso. The paint and operculum shell inlay evolved to counteract the strong wood grain that wanted to be the star.” – Don Yeomans