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Raven with Broken Beak by Robert DavidsonRaven with Broken Beak by Robert Davidson
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Raven with Broken Beak

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From Haida Printmaker, Hilary Stewart "The magical, mystical number for the people of the Northwest Coast was four. It permeated their culture and influenced their traditions in countless ways; songs and dances were often repeated four times, rituals were performed in fours, and myths were often built on the occurrence of four events, or repetitions of four. Reflecting this tradition, Robert Davidson brought out an unusual set of four prints that marked a turning point in his work as a printmaker. They became the first that the artist entrusted to the photographic process in silkscreen printing, and he demanded of the commercial printer the same high standard of printing that he had achieved in his own studio. The design of these four prints is unique in that each embodies only the essence of the creature it portrays through the minimal use of line. The negative and positive shapes interlock to provide the necessary identifying features with amazing economy of detail. Originally designed as silver pendants, in graphic form the circle motifs become a striking quartet. Raven with Broken Beak, subject of a Haida myth, is reduced to head and wings. With the head facing front, the broken beak hangs down the centre, flanked on each side by pointing wings that almost meet at the base. A small human head at the top is the ever-present reminder that Raven can transform himself into human form at will."

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist Robert Davidson
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 1977
Dimensions 8" x 8"
Materials & Edition Limited Edition 182

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