Unique Creations and Commissions

 

Eagle and Serpent 1

Eagle and Serpent 2
Eagle Dancer & Serpent
Luke Marston (Salish)
Red Cedar, Acrylic, Copper & Abalone
95″ W x 43″ H x 16″ D

For our Spring newsletter we wanted to showcase the many exceptional new works displayed in the gallery as well as some exciting projects we have recently completed. This amazing sculpture by Salish artist Luke Marston features a soaring Eagle with a winding serpent between its talons. The bird’s wingspan is nearly 8ft in length and the feathers feature inlaid abalone shell. The eyes of the serpent are set with reflective copper. This piece was created by Luke in 2005 and sold at an exhibition that year. The face in the center of the eagle represents the human dancer and he has been carved to look like he is wearing a traditional headdress with the eagle head being the top of the regalia. This is one of the last pieces Luke and his mother carved together and it holds a special place in Marston’s heart.

The Blue Moon Wolf & Killer Whale Transformation panel details the story of a young boy without many skills. After an elder’s advice, the young boy began to fast and bathe in the river in order to find the power to become a great hunter and fisherman. When he woke from his rituals in the mountains, he saw a moon so full and bright blue that it lit the entire pool of water. The young boy’s prayers were heard and he eventually was given the power to transform into a Wolf for hunting and a Killer Whale for fishing.

Blue Moon and Wolf Transformation Panel
Blue Moon Wolf Killer Whale Transformation Panel
Luke Marston (Salish)
Red Cedar & Acrylic
52″ Diameter
$60,000 CDN / $48,425 USD


More Treasures…

Haida artist Don Yeomans revisits the past and modifies an old print design from 1990 to incorporate it onto a yellow cedar panel.
Frog panel and Print
Frog Panel
Don Yeomans (Haida)
Yellow Cedar
24″ Diameter
$8,000 CDN / $6,460 USD
Bracelets

A Matter of Perspective
Shawn Hunt (Heiltsuk)
Sterling Silver
1 1/2″ W x 6 3/4″ L
$6,000 CDN / $4,855 USD
Killer Whale and Sea Lions
Barry Wilson (Haisla)
Sterling Silver
1 1/2″ W x 6 1/4″ L
$2,200 CDN / $1,780 USD

 

Nuu-Chah-Nulth artist Moy Sutherland details the lunar eclipse story in his monumental new mask, one of the largest masks we have ever had in the gallery. Legend has it that there is a supernatural codfish that lives in the Sky World. It jumps out of the water and swallows the moon, spitting it back out and creating the eclipse. The moon is shown on the tongue of the codfish.
Cod Mask
Lunar Eclipse Cod Mask
Moy Sutherland (Nuu-Chah-Nulth)
Hand Carved Red Cedar, Acrylic & Horse Hair
68″ H x 64″ W x 34″ D
$40,000 CDN / $32,285 USD

Moy Sutherland’s newest panel, Keeper of the Fog, tells the tale of Heron and Wolf. Heron received a boxed gift with all of the fog in the world. He was in charge as Keeper but also warned to be cautious, for if the lid came off entirely, the fog would escape the box and become too thick. Heron bragged about this gift to his many friends – not knowing that Wolf had overheard him and had a plan to steal the box. The Wolf can be seen tucked into the lower right corner of the panel and the Heron sweeps across the upper left quadrant.

Thunderbird Panel
The Keeper of Fog
Moy Sutherland (Nuu-Chah-Nulth)
Yellow Cedar, Acrylic & Abalone
36″ Diameter
$12,500 CDN / $10,088 USD
Frog Sculpture and Seal Bowl

Frog Sculpture
Norman Tait with Lucinda Turner (Nisga’a)
Alder, Acrylic, & Operculum
8″ W x 12″ L x 5″ H
$8,500 CDN / $6,880 USD
Artifact Bowl
Joe David (Nuu-Chah-Nulth)
Red Cedar
7″ W x 12″ L x 3″ H
$4,000 CDN / $3,240 USD

Up and Coming Artists

We have new works in the gallery by a couple very promising young artists, Ses Saunders (Nuxalk) and Kristen McKay (Tsimshian). At only 20 years old, Saunders is currently working under Robert Davidson, a partnership proven in his precise lines and painting.
Another artist to keep an eye out for is Kristen McKay. The young female artist graduated from Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art and is producing beautifully sculpted works.
Bear Panel
Bear Panel
Ses Saunders (Nuxalk)
Red Cedar & Acrylic
16 3/4″ H x 30″ W
$6,000 CDN / $4,855 USD
Carpenter Mask
Carpenter Mask
Ses Saunders (Nuxalk)
Red Cedar, Acrylic & Cedar Bark
12 1/2″ H x 6″ W x 6″ D
$4,000 CDN / $3,240 USD
Eagle Bowl
Spring Flight Bowl
Kristen McKay (Tsimshian)
Yellow Cedar & Acrylic
8 1/2″ W x 19″ L x 5″ H
$3,000 CDN / $2,421 USD

Historic Works

Historic Boxes 1

Historic Bentwood Box
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)
Red Cedar & Pigment, ca. 1890
27″ H x 21″ W x 17″ D
$15,000 CDN / $12,140 USD
Historic Bentwood Box
Artist Unknown (Heiltsuk)
Red Cedar, Pigment & Operculum, ca. 1880
23″ H x 17″ W x 14″ D
$20,000 CDN / $16,185 USD

Historic Boxes 2

Historic Fireweed Bentwood Box
Artist Unknown (Gitxsan)
Red Cedar, Pigment & Operculum, ca. 1880
26 1/2″ H x 18″ W x 16″ D
$25,000 CDN / $20,235 USD
Historic Bentwood Box
Artist Unknown (Haida)
Red Cedar & Pigment ca. mid-19th C
29″ H x 21″ W x 21″ D
$20,000 CDN / $16,185 USD

These contemporary boxes, by Metis artist Terry Jackson, follow traditional formline rooted in the historic designs above.
Boxes 1

Raven Bentwood Box
Terry Jackson (Metis)
Red Cedar & Acrylic
9″ H x 10 1/2″ W x 8 1/2″ D
$1,000 CDN / $810 USD
Eagle Bentwood Box
Terry Jackson (Metis)
Red Cedar & Acrylic
9″ H x 10 1/2″ W x 8 1/2″ D
$750 CDN / $605 USD

Bill Reid and Robert Davidson – Drums of the Same Time Period

Although coincidental, two drums have recently come on the market by two Haida Masters, Bill Reid and Robert Davidson. Both drums have been framed in plexi boxes and mounted on black linen.
The Bill Reid drum was painted 10 years prior to Bill’s passing and the execution of the design was carried out by Bernice Williams.
Robert’s drum (c. 1991) marks a shift in his practice towards a more contemporary approach.
Drums

Raven Drum
Bill Reid (Haida)
Deer Hide & Acrylic, 1988
20″ Diameter
$35,000 CDN / $28,250 USD
Southeast Wind and Foam Woman Drum
Robert Davidson (Haida)
Deer Hide & Acrylic, 1991
24″ Diameter
$35,000 CDN / $28,250 USD

Porcupine
Porcupine Mask 
Phil Gray (Tsimshian)
Red Cedar, Acrylic & Porcupine Quills
28″ H x 16″ W x 10″ D
$9,000 CDN / $7,290 USD

Unique Commissions

Also by Tsimshian artist Phil Gray, this spiraling staircase details the story of Raven with the Light. The Raven travels up the metaphorical smoke hole, the grey staircase, carrying the light with it. As you walk up the stairs you experience the design from all angles.
Staircase 1

Staircase 2

A Work In Progress

We are currently busy working on this S-Shape curved aluminum with Haida artist Don Yeomans. The design mirrors that of a traditional button blanket, with eagles lining each side. The inner design shows a bear mother and her two cubs. This work will soon be powder coated in a light-catching copper tone. The piece stands 7ft high and is 7ft across and will act as a divider in an open floor-plan home. Although this particular piece is being done for the home’s interior, such an installation would also work well outdoors.

Screen 1

Screen 2