Of the many whale-inspired artifacts on display throughout the Museum, this striking example practically hides in plain sight: a massive killer whale painted on the prow of the 63-foot-long Great Canoe.
The stylized killer whale was likely painted by one of the most influential Haida artists of his time, Charles Edenshaw (1839–1920), according to Peter Whitely, curator of North American Ethnology in the Museum’s Division of Anthropology. The canoe itself was made from a single Western red cedar tree around 1878, and may have been used as a dowry payment.
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2013-Instant painting with paper, acrylic on canvas 120x120cm
This just looks so wonderful.