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Artist of the moment……..Patrick Hunt

 

 

Patrick Hunt comes from family of multiple generations of artists and was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in the year 1966.

Hunt is the grandson of hereditary chief George Hunt.

Having only recently seen First Nations art for the first time its important to see the sculptures and carvings in person. So many considerations are taken into account by the artist when the work is viewed from a position other than straight on. The viewer not only sees the outstanding carving, but when viewed from the sides the viewer is exposed to many geometric shapes and fantastic color.

For most works made by Patrick Hunt he uses a combination of wood, feathers, paint, and horse hair.

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Brother Tom Hunt is also a professional artist.

Of the First Nations artists profiled here he reminds me of Beau Dick, who was a master at carving two faces on one head.

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Artist of the moment……..Beau Dick

 

Beau Dick is a fantastic First Nation’s Artist renown for his wonderful mask carvings. Beau Dick was born in Alert Bay, Vancouver Island, Canada in the year 1955. Dick represents the Kwakwaka’wakw Tribe of the First Nations of Canada.

 

In this clip we view a trailer from a documentary based on the artist:

Though many mask carvers are featured here, Dick is my favorite because of the emotional feeling he has infused into his art. Much of the First Nations masks are stoic, representing the heritage of their culture. Dick’s masks feature the same characters as other artists, but the characters are seen showing emotions of sorrow, distress, or happiness. This added element of life makes his work my favorite!

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The artist comes from yet another wonderful artistic family. His father, Ben Dick, was a renown carver. Ben has set the record for the largest ever carving producing a 173 totem pole to celebrate Canada’s centennial anniversary.

His grandfather James Dick was also a carver.

In this clip a gallery owner talks about this very artistic family:

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