Raven with a Broken Beak by Robert Davidson (12.6 x 11.3 inches)

Raven with a Broken Beak by Robert Davidson (12.6 x 11.3 inches)

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Dimensions: 32 cm tall x 29 cm wide (12 5/8 inches tall x 11 3/8 inches wide)

Material: Serigraph, limited edition print

Year: 1973

Limited edition: This is number 26 of a limited edition of 116 prints.

Design:

This is a reworked version of the Change of Address card from years earlier. The beak is split with a tri-neg form plunging the central shape and flanking it with narrow beak forms from the side profile designs.

"This design comes from the stories told by Nanii, Florence Edenshaw Davidson, of Raven. When they are in their own world, they hang their Raven cloaks at the door and are human, but become Ravens as they enter our world. For this reason, I portrayed Raven as human with a central and profile beak forms forming the central design. The wings were topped with hands emerging from the feathers."

By Haida Artist, Robert Davidson, Guud Sans Glans: 

For more than fifty years now, Robert Davidson has worked as an artist and has produced an internationally acclaimed body of work. His work is found in a number of private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of History in Hull, Quebec, the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles. His Haida name is Guud Sans Glans which means "Eagle of the Dawn".

Davidson’s passion to revive and perpetuate a variety of forms of Haida cultural expression, including song, dance and ceremony, has fueled his remarkable output throughout the years. He has been responsible among other things for carving and raising the first totem pole in his hometown of Massett in nearly 90 years when he was just 22 years old. His inspiration was to give his elders a chance to celebrate culture in a way they had not been able to in their lifetimes.