Robert Charles Davidson

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Robert Charles Davidson

1946 -
BCSFA OC

Robert Davidson was born in 1946 in Hydaburg, Alaska and raised in Massett, Haida Gwaii. His great grandfather Charles Edenshaw was a renowned turn of the century Haida artist, and, influenced by his father and grandfather who were both respected carvers, Davidson began carving at the age of 13. In 1965 Davidson moved to Vancouver to complete high school at Point Grey Secondary School, and in turned gained knowledge about Haida culture through the Vancouver Museum. He met Bill Reid in 1966, beginning a sculpture and design apprenticeship for 18 months. Through Reid he met anthropologist Wilson Duff and artist and art historian Bill Holm, furthering his cultural education. In 1967 he enrolled at the Vancouver School of Art and a year later, aged 22, he was teaching carving at the Fitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in 'Ksan. In 1969 he carved and raised the 40 foot Bear Mother totem pole, the first new pole to be installed in Massett in over 50 years.

In 1993 the Vancouver Art Gallery mounted a major solo exhibition of Davidson's work - Eagle of the Dawn - which traveled to the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec. His 2004 solo exhibition Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge also toured nationally, opening at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver and his 2013 solo exhibition The Abstract Impulse was mounted at the Seattle Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian in New York.

Davidson is proficient in many media including wood, gold, silver, argillite, bronze and silkscreen. His work is held in private and public collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Quebec and the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.

In 1995 he received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the Order of British Columbia. The following year he was awarded the Order of Canada, and he is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He received both the Governor General's Award for Visual Arts and the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts in 2010.

He currently lives and works in White Rock, BC and Massett, Haida Gwaii.



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Copper with Eagle Design
35 x 23 1/2 x 1in 88.9 x 59.7 x 2.5cm
hammered and polished copper and paint

Estimate:  $40,000 - $60,000 CDN
Sold for:   $52,650 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 24, 2011



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Raven's Tail Mask
12 x 9 x 7in 30.5 x 22.9 x 17.8cm
1992
red cedar, cedar bark, human hair, operculum shell, copper, crow feathers and acrylic paint

Estimate:  $40,000 - $45,000 CDN
Sold for:   $43,125 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's September 2006 - 1st Session auction on Saturday, September 30, 2006



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Two Works

Estimate:  $30,000 - $35,000 CDN
Sold for:   $34,500 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's November 2002 auction on Saturday, November 30, 2002



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Moon
40 x 40in 101.6 x 101.6cm
limited edition paper mask

Estimate:  $20,000 - $25,000 CDN
Sold for:   $28,750 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's May 2008 - 1st session auction on Saturday, May 31, 2008



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Killer Whale
6 1/4 x 1 1/2in 15.9 x 3.8cm
sterling silver bracelet

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $23,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007



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Mood
1 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 2in 4.45 x 6.35 x 5.08cm
1988
unique 22k gold repoussé bracelet

Estimate:  $25,000 - $30,000 CDN
Sold for:   $22,425 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's November 2000 Fine Canadian Art auction on Thursday, November 09, 2000



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Dunee
11 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 7in 29.2 x 26.7 x 17.8cm
2002
bronze sculpture on a black stone base with copper inlay

Estimate:  $9,000 - $12,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,210 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2009 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, June 17, 2009



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The Happy Blowhole
14 x 14 1/2in 35.5 x 36.8 x 16.5cm
1992
bronze sculpture

Estimate:  $12,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $12,100 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 1997 auction on Thursday, November 06, 1997



Not reproduced

Robert Charles Davidson
Moon Pendant
2 x 1 5/8 x 3/8in 4.5 x 4 x 0.3cm
1990
Estimate:  $7,000 - $9,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,150 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 1997 auction on Thursday, November 06, 1997



Not reproduced

Robert Charles Davidson
Two Works

Estimate:  $8,000 - $10,000 CDN
Sold for:   $6,900 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's November 2005 - 3rd Session auction on Saturday, November 26, 2005


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