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7562 15-Jun-2021 11:11:43 AM $40,000
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7562 14-Jun-2021 09:29:56 PM $35,000
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7562 12-Jun-2021 04:51:22 PM $25,000
823587 12-Jun-2021 02:06:03 PM $22,500
24892 11-Jun-2021 01:36:21 PM $20,000

LOT h010

1955 - 2017
Canadian Indigenous

Killer Whale Mask
carved red cedar sculpture with paint, 2016
signed inside the mask
25 x 25 x 64 in, 63.5 x 63.5 x 162.6 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000 CAD

Sold for: $49,250

Preview at: Vancouver Art Gallery, 4th Floor

Courtesy of Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver

LaTiesha Fazakas and Laurie White, Beau Dick: Devoured by Consumerism, Fazakas Gallery, 2019, page 14

Kwakwaka’wakw (Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw First Nation) artist and activist Chief Beau Dick or Walas Gwa’yam, was acclaimed as one of the Northwest Coast’s most versatile and talented carvers. He was born in the community of Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1955, and lived in Kingcome Inlet, Vancouver and Victoria before returning to Alert Bay to live and work. He began carving at an early age, studying under his father Benjamin Dick, his grandfather James Dick, and other renowned artists such as Henry Hunt and Doug Cranmer. He also worked alongside master carvers Robert Davidson, Tony Hunt and Bill Reid. His work has been shown in exhibitions around the world, including the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2010), documenta 14 (2017) and White Columns, New York (2019). He was the recipient of the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award (2012) and was artist-in-residence at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory from 2013 to 2017. He died in 2017.

For Dick, masks embodied a powerful connection to culture, knowledge and spirituality spanning across time - as he explains, “This art form is ceremonial art. It comes from ancient times and ancient experiences. It’s given to us as a gift from the creator.” This striking mask represents Killer Whale, an important crest figure on the Northwest Coast. Often featured in shamanic story and crest art, killer whales are an important symbol of family and longevity and are widely recognized as clan ancestors. They are also believed to be the reincarnations of past chiefs; when a chief dies, Killer Whale comes to shore to take their spirit. A prototype for the killer whale in Undersea Kingdom, presented at documenta 14, this mask was danced at carver Alan Hunt’s potlatch in Fort Rupert, British Columbia, in 2016.

Please note: Consignor Hammer Price proceeds of this lot will benefit the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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