Northwest Coast

Northwest Art

Northwest Art
“Northwest Coast Native art has always had the power to enthrall viewers. From the first explorers to the present day collector, highly graphic and inventive Indian designs have intrigued and sometimes mystified observers. Distinguished by sophistication and complexity, yet composed of simple traditional elements, Northwest Coast Indian art has become one of the most sought after contemporary art forms.

Although grouped together as “Northwest Coast” the work of the major cultural groups – Haida, Tlingit, Tsimpshian, Kwagiutl and Coast Salish – show many stylistic differences. All Northwest Coast native art, however, makes use of local cedar for masks, monumental art, wood carving, bentwood boxes and baskets. Magnificent totem poles and house posts have become emblematic of the Northwest Coast and tell stories of a rich, ancient native culture.

The same traditional form-line designs used on totem poles and masks are now employed on contemporary two-dimensional art. Serigraphs or silk-screens sold in limited editions have become one of the most popular forms of non-traditional, commercial Northwest Coast Native Indian art.

Coast Salish artist Susan Point’s works in glass, and Kwagiutl artists Richard and Stan Hunt’s bronzes have also stretched the boundaries of materials used by contemporary Northwest Coast tribal artists. As prominent Haida artist Robert Davidson has said: “The only way tradition can be carried on is to keep inventing new things.”

“Orcas on the Moon” by Tom Paul

“Orcas on the Moon” by Tom Paul

15″ diameter   $2,600

“Hummingbird Panel” by Trevor Hunt

“Hummingbird Panel” by Trevor Hunt

36″ diameter   $3,800

“Hummingbird Panel” by Andy & Ruth Wilbur Peterson

“Hummingbird Panel” by Andy and Ruth Wilbur Peterson

34″ diameter   $5,800  Sold

 

“Ling Cod Mask” by Greg Colfax

“Lingcod Mask” by Greg Colfax

9″wide x 14″high x 7″ deep   $3,500

“Frog Mask” by Doug David

“Frog Mask” by Doug David

6″wide x 6″high   $500

 

” Orca Pod Panel ” by Dennis Allen

“Orca Pod Panel” by Dennis Allen

46″ wide x 26″ high   $7,600

“Orca Panel” by Dennis Allen

“Orca Panel” by Dennis Allen

19″ wide by 26″ high $2,600

” Coast Salish Paddles ” by Dennis Allen

“Orca, Kingfisher and Salmon Paddles” by Dennis Allen

8″wide x 67″high   $2,600 each

“Blue Jay Panel” by Andy Wilbur Peterson

“Blue Jay Panel” by Andy Wilbur Peterson

24″ diameter   $1,400