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“My work is as important to me as my family and children. Finding the balance is the key to unlocking the spiritual essence of your soul.” – Ron Joseph Telek
Born in 1962, Ron Telek was a talented carver and storyteller whose subject matter mainly revolves around spirituality that deals with shamanism, transformation and the on going struggles between good and evil.
In 1983, while attending high school in Vancouver, Ron began carving under the guidance of his uncle, Norman Tait. He familiarized himself with the traditional form and progressed to perfecting his technique. Telek assisted Norman Tait on a number of important totem pole commissions. Since then, Telek explored a style of his own, informed by, but not necessarily conforming to, the traditional northwest coast tribal style. The emergence of this individual style came about from a life and death experience by Telek. Consequently, he attended the Art Program at Langara College in Vancouver for two years where he studied African, Japanese and Italian sculpting techniques, as well as the human form. This was apparent in his unique style of work incorporating carving and sculpting.
His work was distinguished by dimensionality, precise carving, sinuous lines and fluid shapes. Telek had great respect for the natural beauty of wood, and often left his pieces completely unpainted using the wood grain to add to the illusion of motion and transformation within the mask.
This Welcome Figure portrait mask, based on a Nuu chah nulth mask from the 1850’s, would be danced during a ceremonial welcome song which belongs to the David family of the Tla-O-Qui-Aht clan. Smoked elk hide has been rigged to the back of the piece to hold it securely in place when being danced.