The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to announce the release of a new limited edition print by Haida master artist, Robert Davidson.
From the catalogue The Abstract Impulse / Robert Davidson published by the Seattle Art Museum and the University of Washington Press featuring the original acrylic on canvas painting:
“Haida life has for generations been dominated by the seasonal rounds of available foods, most of which are preserved in spring, summer and early fall for the cold, inclement winter months. Names of the months refer to seasonal and climatic changes, such as Taan Kuu.ngaay (Bear hibernate month) for November and T’aaGaaw Kuu.ngaay (Snow month) for December. Winter months are punctuated by a succession of storms, precipitation and up to seventeen hours of low light. In times past as well as today, winter is a time for ceremonies. Because temperatures rarely drop to freezing, some plant and animal life are dormant until spring. Wintertime evokes the quietude of life unseen, below the earth’s surface, within the ceremonial house. This spare canvas, with one vertical element against a solid background, has an energetic focus within the singular ovoid, which seems to contain the promise of new life. It is a bold composition for a large painting, one that depends on the most elemental shapes and colours. Humour and irony frequently insinuate themselves into Haida stories and oratory. as well as everyday parlance. Davidson offered his interpretation of this work: it represents the time of year when snow is so deep that you have to stand up to take care of business.”
CM, OBC, RCA
Tsahl Eagle Clan
Robert Davidson is one of the most decorated Canadian artists today. He has received such prestigious awards as the Order of Canada, the Order of British Columbia, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
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