“When Bill Reid, one of North America’s great artists, died on March 13, 1998, he left behind a legacy of magnificent art that drew deeply on that of his Haida ancestors. His work continues to be exhibited internationally and is in many private and public collections around the world.”
“In a long career, Reid embraced many art forms, driven always by a passion for the well-made, well-crafted object. This impulse, combined with his gradual rediscovery and rekindling of a rich Haida cultural heritage, informed and inspired his development as a visual artist of tremendous power and brilliant accomplishment. Ranging from the monumental to the miniature, Reid’s stunningly innovative works, whether in gold or argillite, cast bronze or cedar, pencil or ink on paper, all honoured, adapted and extended a profound and ancient artistic tradition.”
excerpt from Bill Reid by Doris Shadbolt
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