Welcome to Alcheringa Gallery. Leaders in Northwest Coast Contemporary Indigenous Fine Art.

Perpetual Hummingbirds by lessLIEPerpetual Hummingbirds by lessLIE
Move your mouse over image or click to enlarge

Perpetual Hummingbirds

Availability: In stock


Quick Overview

with custom frame
Enquire about this Artwork


With a graphic simplicity intended to be evocative of a glyph, this contemporary Coast Salish design depicts two hummingbirds in an erotic, sexual, perpetual s-form. Between the two hummingbirds is the subtle, backwards suggestion of the letter “s.” The two hummingbirds also create a visual pun and double as the red flower petals which draw hummingbirds to feed on nectar. Besides being evocative of a glyph, this design is intended to echo as a mnemonic device to remember a mating ritual of the Rufous hummingbird, in which the female hummingbird perches atop bush twigs, and watches as the male hummingbird continously swoops down in front of her in large circular and oval motions in the air. While thinking of this hummingbird mating ritual and glyphs, I was continously thinking of one of the early writing systems of the world—Mayan poetry, with such splendid poetic lines such as “Water Hummingbird is the wife of Not Right Now.” --lessLIE

Artwork Information

Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist lessLIE
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2008
Dimensions Framed: 22" x 23"
Materials & Edition Acrylic on arches paper

Artwork Contact

Contact Information

  • Refresh

* Required Fields