Artist of the moment……….Freda Diesing

 

I am sure the name Freda Diesing is familiar if you visit this site often. Many First Nations artists have attended this wonderful institution.

Freda Diesing was also a fantastic Haida artist in her right born in Price Rupert, British Columbia in the year 1925 . Diesing attended the Vancouver School of Art and also the Gitanmasx School of Northwest Coast Indian Art. Whilst at Gitanmaax Diesing was able to learn from First Nations Master artists Tony Hunt and Robert Davidson.

Diesing worked as a carver of masks, bowls, and totem poles. The artist also produced prints.

Though a great artist in the 1960s, she flourished in the 1980s by being included in a touring art exhibition sponsored by the Royal British Columbia Museum.

In the Haida culture, her name translates to “magical little woman.”

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In 2006 Northwest Community College created the School of Northwest Coast art that bears her name. It is located in Terrence, British Columbia.

She began carving at 42 years of age.

Freda Diesing passed away in 2002.

In this clip some works by student’s at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. These artists will soon be responsible for carrying on the First Nations style of art:

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