- Object Origin:
- Beau Dick
- Red Cedar
- Archived Artwork
Legendary Kwakiutl artist Beau Dick has created his unique version of the respected village elder as the Storyteller. Traditionally, during the long winter evenings the elders of the village would share the ancient legends with the community, both as a way of preserving the oral tradition and for entertainment.
Beau Dick is one of the Northwest Coast's most versatile and talented carvers. He is widely acclaimed for his strong carving abilities and for the powerful quality of his masks. Reaching out beyond the confines of his own Kwakwaka'wakw culture, Beau Dick has mastered the styles of other tribal traditions. He has also stepped into the realm of contemporary art in paintings which draw on European influence, but express the powerful mythology of his own culture.
Dick has exhibited in countless group exhibitions and has been the subject of solo exhibitions. His work can be found in not only private collections but museums as well. He created a transformation mask for Expo '86 which now hangs in the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Hull, Quebec. Locally, Dick has many pieces on display in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
Beau Dick apprentices many of the young carvers, thus passing on the skills and knowledge he inherited from his father, Francis Dick.
Tribal Affiliation: Kwakiutl
Birthplace: Village Island, Kingcome Inlet, B.C.
Birthdate: November 23, 1955