Northwest Coast Artists in the News

Francis Dick, Maynard Johnny Jr., Tim Paul


The University of Victoria is presenting a showcase of Indigenous artists from the coastal areas of British Columbia, including our very own Francis Dick, Maynard Johnny Jr. and Tim Paul. The exhibition, titled Understanding Place in Culture: Serigraphs and the Transmission of Cultural Knowledge, focuses on how Indigenous perspectives of place shape expressions of important cultural knowledge.

All of the serigraphs from the collection convey a sense of place in some way, whether it’s through a direct representation of a physical location, an image that translates a story about a place, or images that connect (through memory, dreams, etc.) to a specific place. And as an interactive bonus, visitors can use their smartphones to access audio ‘soundscapes’ from interviews with Francis Dick and Maynard Johnny Jr.

The exhibition runs until January 28, 2013 at the Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery at the McPherson Library (lower level).


Mark Preston


Tlingit artist Mark Preston has landed a solo exhibit in Meissen, Germany. The show, entitled OvoidTwo, opens on November 23rd, 2012 at the Deep Spirit Gallery. It features jewellery, panels and other contemporary designs with Mark’s signature abstract style, plus musical entertainment by Holger Herrmann and Andreas Jackisch.

Mark Preston moved to Germany from the Yukon at the beginning of October because he’s “run out of walls,” as he explained in an interview with the Yukon News. “I need to go where there are bigger walls.” His last Canadian show wrapped up at the end of September at the Rah Rah Gallery in Whitehorse. But even though Mark has travelled halfway around the world to explore new markets, the Yukon is his home and will always be a place he comes back to.


Rande Cook


The City of Duncan recently unveiled its long-awaited centennial fountain, designed and sculpted by master carver Rande Cook. Called Quench, the work of art is an 8½ -foot, fibreglass totem-pole drinking fountain that melds both Native and non-Native cultures.

The raven on top of the totem is a trickster that occasionally sprays a mist of water on passersby. The totem’s body is the First Man, who is holding an eagle bowl. Thirsty humans can have a drink from the eagle itself, while pets can lap water from the ground-level frog’s mouth.

The presentation of the fountain included guest speakers and special songs by representatives from both Cowichan Tribes and the Alert Bay contingent, who were in Duncan to support Rande Cook’s latest project. Just a few months ago, the Victoria-based carver created an eight-metre totem pole commissioned by the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden, Holland.

View the unveiling of Quench


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