- Object Origin:
- Tahltan - Tlingit
- Dempsey Bob
- yellow cedar, horse hair
- 9.5 x 7 x 6 in. (approx)
- Archived Artwork
Rare Tlingit-Tahltan Hawkman mask circa.1981
Created by the legendary Tlingit artist Dempsey Bob directly for an acquantance in 1981, this stunning mask is for the first time available to purchase. This stunning consignment is a very rare opportunity to purchase an early Dempsey Bob creation. Presently collectors are on a substantial waiting list to purchase new pieces from Dempsey while his early work continues to set records at the international auction houses.
A master Tahltan-Tlingit carver for more than 30 years, Dempsey Bob's prolific totem poles and sculptures are seen in galleries and in private, government and corporate collections around the world. Using alder, cedar and bronze, Dempsey's work is inspired by history and reflects the richness of the Tahltan culture. Dempsey's work is celebrated in many collections including the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan. Most recently, Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, honoured Dempsey Bob and Robert Davidson with inaugural British Columbia Lifetime Achievement Awards for Aboriginal Art for their profound contributions to First Nations art and culture. A celebrated artist and a dedicated teacher, Dempsey began carving in 1969 and was directed to the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in 1972 by Freda Diesing, who was his earliest mentor and teacher. His work is in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization; the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology; the Columbia Museum of Ethnology; the Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of Ethnology in Japan; Canada House in London, England; Hamburgisches Museum fur Volkerskkunde in Hamburg, Germany; Centennial Museum in Ketchikan, Alaska, and the Royal British Columbia Museum. Corporate collections include the Vancouver International Airport, the Ridley Coal Terminal in Prince Rupert and the Saxman Tribal House in Saxman, Alaska. He has pieces in numerous private collections including three significant collections-in New York, San Francisco and Vancouver-focussing primarily on his work. In recent years he has become a major contributor to Pacific Rim relations, participating in gatherings. He travelled to New Zealand in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.