Dark- and ochre-red U’s multiply in a series in Occupied (2003, acrylic on canvas), creating an energy field that Davidson describes as rooted in the Haida visual vocabulary but existing without the formline. This painting is a kind of visual and verbal pun between the octopi that occupy the canvas and the newcomers’ occupation of Native land: “It’s our challenge to reclaim our place in the world,” he explains.
—excerpt from Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge, edited by Karen Duffek
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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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