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U990.14.181
Artist / Maker : Dick, Beau ; Walas Gwayum
Title : Reflection
Date (Execution) : 1977
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Red and black abstract design of a bird figure. One black star shape at bottom left of print image.
Accession # : U990.14.181
Width (cm) : 27.80
Height (cm) : 37.10
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "I am Gah-ahk-stalas, (The Breakfast Giver) otherwise known as Beau Dick. I am of the Tsa-wa-dinok, a sect of the Kwakiutl nation, not to be confused with the Kwaguitl sect of Ft. Rupert. I was born at Alert Bay in 1955. While I was in various elementary and secondary schools around Vancouver I became aware of other art forms other than that of my people. I devoted much of my time developing still life, portraiture, landscape, and a touch of fantasy. In later years I went through extensive training with some of the great native masters, including my father and grandfather who are now residents of Alert Bay. This set of prints is very personal because I will always use them to represent myself. Their image will be significant of that which is mine. To the left with black form lines and red egg is Gah-ahk-stalas (The Breakfast Giver). To the right [Reflection] with the red form lines and black star is a slight reflection with blinded eye. They both have a sense of antithetical direction which cannot be separated. In the old days, when a carver completed a storage chest for a chief with that chief's particular crest lineage portrayed on the front and back, the carver then added his personal insignia to the sides of the chest. In following the traditions of my forefathers, these two images will be my signature. There are 125 sets in all, 100 of which will be distributed for sale. The other 25 sets I will keep for gifts o my family at my mother's potlatch, a memorial for my grandfather." -- Beau Dick