Art Thompson

Kwaht yaht is born, 1989

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This silkscreen is limited to a few colours in a style typical for the Northwest coast of North America. It depicts a bird above a shell, out of which a man with a painted face emerges. It is a representation of a myth: the raven, a primeval / hero and trickster of the Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) tribe predated the tribe. Lonely, without intelligent companions, he crowed until the mucus dribbled from his nose and fell onto a shell. After some time, Kwaht Yaht, the forefather of the Nuu-chah-nulth emerged. Art Thompson (1948-2003), born on Vancouver Island, studied art in Victoria and Vancouver under Henry Hunt, among others. Based on the traditional art of the Northwest coast and influenced by its myths, he developed his own style. He became known mainly for his screen prints and carving.

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