June 27, 2009

Rick Adkins

Rick Adkins recently brought us an outstanding oxidized cuff bracelet. The bracelet depicts Butterfly, Human and Eagle, with the eye of the Butterfly in the centre of the bracelet. Rick explained to us that the Butterfly is a messenger figure within Haida culture. In this bracelet, the Eagle represents the cultural message that is being delivered and the Human represents the ancestors.

Rick comes from a talented family of jewellers; his brothers are Alvin Adkins and James Adkins. In 1970, Rick studied under Freda Diesing. In 1971, he worked with Richard Yeltatzie. Between 1979 and 1980, Rick attended Emily Carr College of Art in Vancouver. That same year he produced his first bronze sculpture. He began working with wood in 1983, assisting his brother Alvin in producing a 34-foot totem pole for the Museum of Northern British Columbia in Prince Rupert. In the late 1980s, he studied with Bill Reid, and assisted in the production of a silver box. It was during this time that he also studied under Robert Davidson as well. Rick has exhibited at the National Gallery in Ottawa, the BC Provincial Museum, and the Royal Ontario Museum. He was featured in the 'Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2' exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, 2005. Rick's jewellery is highly distinctive and often contains single hatching and oxidization.

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