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Artist / Maker : Reid, Bill RCA
Title : Haida Killer Whale
Date (Execution) : 1973
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Haida
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black and red depiction of a killer whale easily noted by its promin- ant dorsal fin and spouting blow-hole. Black is used for most primary outer lines and red for more secondary lines.
Accession # : U988.33.1-12
Width (cm) : 43.00
Height (cm) : 56.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift of Dr. Ian Mctaggart Cowan
Artist Statement : "In a fresh new interpretation of a widely used motif, Bill Reid portrays the grace and vitality of the Killer Whale through the articulate elegance of Haida design, the bold form lines curving richly and fluently. The spouting blow hole, the curving dorsal fin and the symmetrical tail flukes are the distinguishing features for this sea mammal. In legend, the Killer Whale is the chief of the Ocean People, the dreaded sea monsters and the fiercest of all the supernatural people, who live in towns deep under the sea. They capsize the canoes of those travelling on the water, dragging down canoe and occupants into the depths." Statement provided by Vincent Rickard, Pacific Editions.