northwest coast art

Northwest Coast Art

Northwest Coast 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.”

“White Raven” by Moy Sutherland

Moy Sutherland 36 dia White Raven 10,000

“White Raven” by Moy Sutherland
36″ dia. – Sold

“Wild Woman and Child” by Lisa David

Wild Woman and Child by Lisa David

“Wild Woman and Child” by Lisa David
9″ x 22″ x 6″ – $3,200

“Kingfisher Panel” by Andy Wilbur

Kingfisher Panel by Andy Wilbur - Northwest Coast

“Kingfisher Panel” by Andy Wilbur
24″ diameter – $1,400

“Raven and Salmon” by Andy Wilbur

Raven and Salmon by Andy Wilbur - Northwest Coast

“Raven and Salmon” by Andy Wilbur
23″ diameter – $1,200

“Eagle Bentwood Box” by James Michels

Eagle Bentwood Box by James Michels - Northwest Coast

“Eagle Bentwood Box” by James Michels
4″ x 5″ x 4″ – Sold

 

“Kulus the First Ancestor” by Rande Cook

 

“Kulus the First Ancestor” by Rande Cook
48″ x 67″ x 17″   $20,000

“Dragonfly” by Rande Cook

"Dragonfly" by Rande Cook Yellow cedar, glass

“Dragonfly” by Rande Cook
28″ x 39″ x 5″ – $5,500

“Planting Seeds for the Future” by Rande Cook

“Planting Seeds for the Future” by Rande Cook

Red cedar, glass and paint

36″ x 16.5″ x 11.5″   $12,500

“Orca and Human Peace Treaty” by Rande Cook

“Orca and Human Peace Treaty” by Rande Cook

Red cedar

30″ x 12″ x 12″   $8,500