Rare Bill Reid Haida Art Killerwhale Print
Bill Reid

Collection of Six Bill Reid Aritist Proofs
This rare 1974 artist proof is being offered in a collection of six famous Bill Reid limited edition prints. All six artist proofs are from the 1970's and are in wonderful condition with only some minor yellowing associated with their vintage. The complete collection of 6 prints (Bear, Beaver, DogFish, Dog Salmon, Raven and Killerwhale) is offered at $16500.00 USD. It is the consignors preference to sell the collection together, but if not, this print can be purchased individually at $2950.00 USD.These wonderful prints come with a signed detailed provenance. The consignee had a personal/professional relationship with Bill Reid. 

Vintage Haida Killerwhale print
Representative of the zenith of Bill Reid's artistic influence in the print medium with his vast artistic vision and homage to the past. This print needs no introduction as it is a cornerstone addition to any knowledgeable Bill Reid or Haida collector. The print is unsigned and comes with a signed detailed provenance.

Bill Reid (1920 -1998)
He was a Canadian jeweler, sculptor and artist. He was born to a father of European descent and a mother from the Haida in Victoria, British Columbia. He developed a keen interest in Haida art while working as a radio announcer in Toronto, where he also studied jewelry making. Reid first learnt about his heritage from his maternal grandfather Charles Gladstone, who had himself been trained by Charles Edenshaw, a Haida artist of great renown. In 1951 he returned to Vancouver and became interested in the symbolism in Edenshaw's work. During this time he also worked on salvaging artifacts, including many intricately carved totem poles which were then moldering in abandoned village sites, and aided in the partial reconstruction of a village in the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. Combining traditional forms with modern media (usually gold, silver and argillite), Reid began his career making jewelry before moving to larger sculptures in bronze and red cedar. Reid usually portrayed animals and scenes from folklore, assisting in the preservation of Haida mythology. His most magnificent works are two large bronze sculptures, each depicting a canoe filled with human and animal figures: one black, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, in the United States and one green, The Jade Canoe, at Vancouver International Airport, in British Columbia. He participated in the blockades of logging roads which helped save the rain forests of Gwaii Haanas (South Moresby); he also stopped work on the sculpture in Washington during this period to protest the destruction of the forests of Haida Gwaii. Reid received honourary degrees from the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, the University of Western Ontario, York University, and Trent University. He received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1994, and was made a member of the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada. Having dedicated the latter part of his life to the creation of new works and these tasks of curation, Reid died in 1998, of Parkinson's disease. In July 1998, friends and relatives paddled a large cedar canoe, carved by Reid for Expo '86, on a two day journey along the Pacific coast to bring his ashes to Tanu Island in Haida Gwaii, the site of his mother's village.

Rare Bill Reid Haida Art Killerwhale Print
Rare Bill Reid Haida Art Killerwhale Print
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Bill Reid
artist proof
26 X 20 inches (unframed)
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