The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to announce the release of the only Robert Davidson limited edition print for 2010. The image is based on a Haida Raven story where voices can be heard speaking from the shadows — but the figures cannot be seen. With this image, Robert returns to the use of “ghost” forms, for his visual description of the spirit world, which he describes as the third dimension of Haida design. The ghost forms were introduced in the 1978 image “Two-Finned Killer Whale” and became the entire image in the landmark 1993 print “Double Negative”.
Robert Davidson began 2010 with the unveiling of the “Killer Whale Transforming into a Thunderbird”, a transformational sculpture commissioned as an Olympic Legacy project for the permanent collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and which was included in the exhibition and publication “Visions of British Columbia — a Landscape Manual”. This exhibition also served as the British Columbia pavilion for the 2010 Olympic Games. Also in 2010, the Surrey Art Gallery opened “Eagle Transforming — The Prints of Robert Davidson”, which is from the permanent collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery and which will travel through 2011. To celebrate this exhibition, Robert also designed the 2010 banners for the City of Surrey. Robert Davidson was one of eight Canadians to receive the Governor-General’s Award for artistic achievement, and also the Audain Prize, which is an annual award given to a deserving British Columbia artist.
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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