Beau Dick, a Kwakwaka’wakw carver, based in Alert Bay, B.C., is on exhibition at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art in Vancouver in an unusual arrangement that speaks to the significance of the works. (Above: From Lattimer Gallery, Mourning Mask, an example of the exceptional range of this Pacific Northwest Coast artist’s work).
Some of the masks – the 40 Atlakim (forest spirit) masks in the show – are for ceremonial use, worn in a dancing series for 4 years only, then burned. “This grouping is nearing the end of its cycle,” the gallery says, “and midway through the exhibition the masks will be taken to Alert Bay to be danced one final time at a Potlatch, and then destroyed.” (Above: Beau Dick with a mask from the exhibition. Vancouver Sun) The rest of the masks in this post are works from other galleries.
Otter Man, from Just Art gallery
Alder Mask, Lattimer Gallery
Tsonokwa Mask, Spirits of the West Coast Gallery
Eagle Mask, The Legacy Ltd.
Moo Gums (Four and Face) Mask, Douglas Reynolds Gallery, Vancouver.
Beau Dick on Facebook, here.
A profile of Beau Dick and his carving, here.
More on the exhibit, at M&C Fine Arts, here.