Robert Davidson | Eagle of the Dawn Artist

 

Robert Davidson is one of Canada’s most respected and important contemporary visual artists. A Northwest Coast native of Haida and Tlingit Descent, he is a master carver of totem poles and masks and works in a variety of other media as a printmaker, painter and jeweler. He is best known as an impeccable craftsman whose creative and personal interpretation of traditional Haida form is unparalleled. His distinctive style is appreciated by the Haida community and contemporary arts scholars alike, with many of his works considered post-modern masterpieces. His work is sought by collectors internationally.

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 in a way they had not been able to in their lifetimes.

 

Drums

“Robert’s one of the few people capable of bringing the art up to the present. With the amount of knowledge he has, he can see what was beyond one hundred years ago. He is bringing
the art beyond where it stopped.”

Reg Davidson, Haida Artist, Interview with Ian Thom July 1992, from the book: Robert Davidson Eagle of the Dawn. Pg 12

 

Masks

 

“Robert Davidson’s inventive ceremonialism, his drive to more deeply understand his traditions and his language, his sensitivity to his patrons, his willingness to participate as an artist in his community as well as in the international arena and his continual search for the “soul” he saw in the art of his Haida elders all contribute to his compelling and numerous masterpieces. The optimistic smile of a mask, complementing a strength that inspires a profound and irresistible awe, can stand as a symbol of this contemporary master.”

Excerpt of an essay by Aldona Jonaitis, professor of anthropology and director of the museum at the University of Alaska from the book: Robert Davidson, Eagle of the Dawn by Ian Thom. Pg 23

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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