Eagle Of The Dawn Robert Davidson (HC)

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"Contemporary Native American artists are both blessed and burdened by their proud artistic heritage. On the one hand, a profound connection to the past inspires a respect for traditional art and a desire to emulate it. On the other, like all creative individuals, modern Indian artists are driven to express their own unique visions. Davidson, a Haida born in Alaska and raised on Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast of northern British Columbia) and Vancouver, has succeeded in achieving a balance between these needs. In both his life and his art, he has strived for both the preservation of his culture and the evolution of his own artistic statements. Many of Davidson's pieces are carved masks and totem poles that reflect the influence of past Haida artists but also possess a decidedly fresh fluidity and distinctive personality. By mastering traditional techniques, Davidson has grounded, and therefore legitimized, his innovations. This articulate and well-designed volume combines illuminating biographical essays with excerpts from interviews with Davidson and presents some 110 of his powerful sculptures, paintings, and prints. This book will greatly enrich any American art collection." Donna Seaman

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