January 5, 2011

New John Wilson Mask

Lattimer Gallery has recently started carrying the work of Haisla wood carver, John Wilson. This recent mask, titled 'Elder Woman', is atypical of many Northwest Coast masks in that it has simply been oiled rather than painted. An emphasis has been placed on the grain of the wood and the detailed carving. With white hair and a labret, this gentle looking figure symbolizes wisdom and the maternal.

From the Killerwhale clan of the Haisla Nation, John Wilson is well on his way to becoming an established carver. He began to carve full-time in 2002 and worked early on with Tsimshian artist Heber Reece. In 2008, he completed courses at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in design and carving. John is dedicated to promoting and researching Haisla art, and in 2010 he worked with fellow Haisla artist Nathan Wilson.

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