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U990.14.220
Artist / Maker : Wadhams, Ozzie
Title : Bookwus
Date (Execution) : 1986
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw, 'Namgis
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Green, yellow, brown and black design of a squatting 'bookwus' creature. Has a large smiling mouth and another face on its chest. Hands are pressed together at front center of it's body.
Accession # : U990.14.220
Width (cm) : 48.00
Height (cm) : 59.80
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "Bookwus is the wildman of the woods who lurks on the edge of the forest. He tries to persuade humans to eat ghost food so they will become like him. He lived in a house in an unreal forest and attracted the spirits of the drowned to his house. This design was painted for a native art display at Expo '86 in Vancouver. Ozzie's use of bright colours add to the powerful effect of this Wild Man." Vincent Rickard