By Karen Duffek, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Ruth B. Phillips, Nika Collison
Bill Reid’s paintings has lengthy been stated for its astute and eloquent research of Haida culture, and for the ambiguity of creating sleek paintings from the outdated Haida tales. It helped to make the so-called renaissance of Northwest Coast local artwork seen to all. Bill Reid and Beyond can pay Reid the praise of increasing on his personal clear-eyed self-scrutiny as he got here to face for local artwork and artists, extra might be than he might have wished.
The book’s nineteen members write from many views, breaking down obstacles among paintings heritage and anthropology, among educational and artist, among colleague and politician.
Alert to the political, fiscal, and social occasions of invoice Reid’s lifetime, that have appreciably replaced the best way local artwork is produced and obtained, this e-book participates within the vital ongoing debates approximately local artwork, demonstrating vividly that the alternate of rules can, like artworks, swap people’s minds.
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I remember Willy: he looked like a big Swede. He had big bushy eyebrows and was a really good carver. In Skidegate, everyone who owned a trolling boat (that’s how everyone made their living in those days) had a boathouse, and that’s how I remember Willy and Ernie. They had a beautiful boathouse, and it was right where the bighouse is today—where Bill raised the totem pole in Skidegate. Their boathouse was right there, and it was fascinating to be amongst them and spend time with them and see their craft.
He created a range of works that, without lengthy explanatory labels, give a sense of unique artistic vision. Edenshaw made his living as a carver and painter: he was an artist, and he produced work that was simultaneously ethnographic, contemporary and commercially viable. Reid’s choice to study and use primarily the work of Edenshaw, along with that of other nineteenth-century Haida artists, as models from which to begin constructing his own definition of Haida art was based on aesthetics. ₁ Reid pursued his study of classical nineteenth-century Northwest Coast art by travelling to North American and European museums, looking for and photographing pieces that caught his eye.
I know that Bill’s Uncle Percy was one of the mentors in my life, and a person whose accomplishments I respect very much. He went oﬀ in the Second World War as an air force gunner, and he came back and was one of the first people in our village to get a master’s degree in economics at a time when no one really went on to university. I remember Willy: he looked like a big Swede. He had big bushy eyebrows and was a really good carver. In Skidegate, everyone who owned a trolling boat (that’s how everyone made their living in those days) had a boathouse, and that’s how I remember Willy and Ernie.