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U015.8.5
Artist / Maker : Johnny, Maynard Jr.
Title : Mating Eagles
Date (Execution) : 2006
Geographical Origin : Chemainus, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Penelakut, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Background of black, cream and red vertical lines on left and right borders. Red triangles protruding from the top and bottom edges. The rest of the background is cream. Two eagles, one upright, one inverted. A central symbol of two trigons and two crescents defines a circle representing the centre of a spindle whorl design element.
Accession # : U015.8.5
Width (cm) : 71.00
Height (cm) : 56.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift of the Salish Weave Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : Mating Eagles was my very first canvas painting. I later had serigraphs printed. The design started out symmetrical with the first half done in traditional Salish design. Inside the body cavity is a human face that reflects our connection to and respect for nature and humans. When I drew the other side and flipped it around the eagles looked like they were going around in circles, twisting and turning in the sky as if mating. Inspired by the spindle whorl, I added a Salish weave blanket background. – Maynard Johnny Jr. source: http://uvac.uvic.ca/gallery/cornett/artwork/mating-eagles/