- Object Origin:
- Coast Salish
- Randy Stiglitz
- alder wood with cedar bark braiding
- 12 x 13 x 7 in.
- Archived Artwork
Vivid Killerwhale Shaman mask
Enough cannot be said of Randy's breath taking ability to bring to vivid life the legends and myths of the Northwest Coast native culture. Here in glorious display is his interpretation of the the Killerwhale Shaman. Randy created this mask using one continual piece of old growth alder wood, with a stunning killerwhale seemingly jumping out of each side of the shaman's face. The fin's of each killerwhale is incorporated into the design of the mask, while a star fish adorns the shaman's forehead. The star fish represents good omens in a shamans spirit visions.
Randy is widely regarded as an one of a handful of elite Coast Salish artists and his artwork is in the highest demand by top galleries throughtout North America. Randy has the unique ability to find the spirit within a raw block of alder and bring it to dramatic life, he says "each piece of wood whispers to me what it will become". Randy Stiglitz is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born of Salish and Cree descent on August 17, 1953. Through his interest in the Native arts, he moved to the Capilano Indian reservation at the age of seventeen. After spending five years there, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he worked under the direction of master carver Gene Brabant. He continues to explore the carving traditions of both Salish, Kwakiutl and Tlingit cultures. His work is widely shown at major galleries throughout North America and can be easily viewed online by doing a simple google search of his name.