Challenging Traditions

Challenging Traditions

Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast

Book - 2009
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Contemporary First Nations artists of the Northwest Coast have long been among the most dynamic, important artists working in North America. Their art is a visible manifestation of the extraordinary cultural explosion that has transformed First Nations life up and down the B.C. coast.

Through their own words and artwork, Ian Thom examines the career, working methods and philosophy of forty active artists, all of whom he has interviewed. Featured in Challenging Traditions are their works, often combining new materials and old traditions, as well as extensive passages from conversations with these established and up-and-coming artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast, including:

the painting and sculpture of Robert Davidson (Haida) glass sculpture by Alano Edzerza (Tahltan) and Preston Singletary (Tlingit) carvings by elders Dempsey Bob (Tahltan-Tlingit) and Beau Dick (Kwakwaka'wakw) paintings by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (Coast Salish) the "Haida manga" of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas jewellery by young artists Shawn Hunt (Heiltsuk) and Jay Simeon (Haida)
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre ; Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781553654148
Branch Call Number: 709.71101 T45c
Characteristics: 186 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: McMichael Canadian Art Collection


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Looks at the work of 40 active artists from various First Nations including Haida, Coast Salish and Tlingit peoples who work in a variety of media and styles from wood carving to manga.

Profiles of many well-known and lesser known artists detailing their influences and innovations.

First Nations art is dynamic and evolving. The images and profiles presented in this book provide a look into the many styles, mediums and personalities of both established and upcoming contemporary First Nations artists.

Prolific and celebrated artist, Beau Dick (November 23, 1955–March 27, 2017) was a master carver, indigenous activist and Kwakwaka’wakw hereditary chief from Alert Bay, BC. Also, look for the upcoming book, BEAU DICK by Darrin Martens.

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