|Lattimer Gallery Winter 2013 Newsletter|
The Winter 2013 Newsletter also includes an article on the TINAA Northwest Coast Art Auction. On February 1st, the Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau, Alaska will be holding a large auction to raise funds for their new facility. This new landmark development will be called the Walter Soboleff Center and will house research labs, contain exhibition space, and provide climate-controlled storage areas for Alaska’s First Nations communities.
|Bradley Hunt Salmon People Panel|
We have also included some information on a new piece to the gallery, The Salmon People cedar panel by Heiltsuk artist Bradley Hunt. Says Bradley, "This panel represents the sacred connection between us and the salmon. It symbolizes the spiritual and physical wealth that the salmon bring to our people." The panel measures 36" in diameter and is available for $5,800.00 CAD.
Posted on 18 November 2013 | 3:31 pm
|Steve Smith, Yellow Cedar Paddle, When You Know Better... You Do Better, 62" x 5 3/4" x 1", $6,500.00 CAD|
Steve Smith's double-sided Yellow Cedar Paddle, When You Know Better…You Do Better, is one of the stand-out pieces in the show. From the bottom to the top, the paddle is covered with life from the sea, the land and the air and has such fine detail, displaying his immense skill as a painter. Steve has also cleverly incorporated amphibious animals between the land and sea including a Lizard, Snake and Frog. Yet, what is most striking about this piece is the story that has inspired its creation:
This piece (and a few others in the show) was inspired from an experience that I had when I had a recent operation. It was inspired from the in between realms of coming off of the anesthetic. This was one of many visions revealed to me. What I saw has changed the way I see, the way I do art and the impact that I could have as an artist. I have never been one to create political artwork and in fact, I was taught to stay away from doing artwork depicting certain topics. From what I have seen I will no longer contain nor censor the content that wants or needs to come out of me. As human beings on this planet we all have or will make mistakes, and that is to be expected. When we keep making the same mistakes we tend to suffer or others suffer from our actions. When we are tired of the pain we are causing ourselves or others we start to look for ways to stop hurting ourselves. It is through this process that some of us have learned an old, but truthful saying 'when you know better, you do better'. The pipeline that is proposed to run underground from Alberta to the Pacific Coast is exactly what I'm talking about in the title of this piece. A carved groove representing the pipeline runs from the top of the paddle to the bottom of it. From the bottom up are sea creatures and then midway up the blade of the paddle land animals and insects appear. Elements of the sky make their way up towards the handle. I have intentionally used many colors, probably the most I have ever used. In contrast to the black that seems to permeate throughout the entire paddle, the vivid colors of all the various creatures pop out. The pipeline groove runs through all of these wonderful and special creatures representing just what a real pipeline would do. I have only depicted but a few of the animals, birds and insects that this would have a devastating effect on. The amount of wildlife, trees, flowers, lakes, streams, rivers, mountains, earth...that could be polluted is unfathomable. I truly believe that we know better, so let's do better.
|Rod Smith, Red Cedar Sculpture, Spy Hop, 12" x 22 1/2" x 12 1/4", $3,200.00 CAD|
|Rod Smith & Steve Smith, Big Brother, Little Brother, SS: 13 3/4" x 9 1/4" x 3 1/4" RS: 15" x 7 1/2" x 3 1/4", $4,800.00 CAD|
This piece started as a laminated old growth red cedar block. Through all of the phone calls and the small sketches that had been made I still wasn’t clear on the concept. This piece is truly a case of ‘do what you know.’ I had done several smaller-scale ‘tower’ pieces in the past and had always wanted to try one on a larger scale; now was my chance. I chose what I considered an eye-pleasing shape, making sure that they nested and were free standing. An iron oxide wash is used as the base, as this is a traditional colour used in most Kwakwaka’wakw art. Black was the only colour chosen as this is what I have done in the past. The design incorporates several ‘pathways’ along with some non-traditional hatching.
Posted on 15 July 2013 | 7:57 pm
|Philip Gray, Red Cedar Panels, 60" x 96", Bear, Frog, Moon|
|Close up: Bear (Panel 1)|
|Close Up: Dragonfly (Panel 2)|
|Close Up: Frog (Panel 3)|
Posted on 9 July 2013 | 5:59 pm
Posted on 2 July 2013 | 5:53 pm
|red cedar sculpture with acrylic paint, Love is All Around Us/Being A Part of Creation|
|cedar box with acrylic paint, Heart & Soul|
|vinyl MUNNY with acrylic paint, Joyful|
|red cedar sculpture with acrylic paint, Big Brother, Little Brother|
The show will be on display at Lattimer Gallery from June 22nd - July 20th, 2013.
Posted on 22 June 2013 | 3:27 pm
Posted on 3 June 2013 | 1:52 pm
|Bill McLennan on a dirt bike going to the Health and Earth Rights Training Center (HEART) in Mae Sot, Thailand, 2011.Photo Credit: Museum of Anthropology.|
Posted on 1 June 2013 | 6:54 pm
|Clinton Work, Red Cedar Panel, Abstract design, 30" Diameter x 2", $3,200.00 CAD|
|Dean Hunt, Red Cedar Panel, Time Traveller, 25 1/2" x 21 1/2" x 1 7/8", $2,500.00 CAD|
|James Michels, Red Cedar Panel,. Eagle design, 27" Diameter, $2,600.00 CAD|
|Alano Edzerza, Etched Glass Panel, His Blanket of Faces, 33" x 32", $5,000.00 CAD|
|Left: Phil Gray, Red Cedar Panel, Ki|
Posted on 22 April 2013 | 7:55 pm
Above: Sparrowhawk, 12" x 36", $800.00 CAD; Below: Hummingbird, 12" x 36", $800.00 CAD
|Close up: Hummingbird|
|Close up: Sparrowhawk|
Posted on 15 April 2013 | 4:25 pm
Spring 2013 Newsletter is now available online and in the gallery. Featured this season is Kwakwaka'wakw artist Richard Sumner, who is well-known for his beautifully made bentwood boxes. We also have new works by young Haida artists Jing (Rob Long) and Sgwaayaans (TJ Young), who are both apprenticing with renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson. Lastly, we are excited to announce a show featuring collaborative and individual pieces by Kwakwaka'wakw artists and brothers, Rod and Steve Smith. A reception will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 4pm-7pm to celebrate the opening and National Aboriginal Day- save the date!
Click here to read more from our Spring 2013 Newsletter.
Posted on 11 March 2013 | 6:50 pm