Fall Newsletter: Collections

Collections and the Secondary Market Part II Family Trees and Legacies   The secondary market in Northwest Coast art can...
Collections and the Secondary Market Part II Family Trees and Legacies   The secondary market in Northwest Coast art can be a unique and exciting space to reacquaint ourselves with “vintage” Northwest Coast works. Perhaps these are works that we’ve seen previously, resurfacing when a collector decides it’s time to part ways with a piece. Sometimes they’re works by influential artists who have since passed on, and it’s a delight to see works for the first time by an important...
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Phil Gray: Force of Nature

We are excited to have a colourful new mural on the side of the gallery building by Ts’msyen artist Phil Gray. The...
We are excited to have a colourful new mural on the side of the gallery building by Ts’msyen artist Phil Gray. The mural has been curated by the Douglas Reynolds Gallery for this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival. The design is titled Force of Nature and overlooks the Granville and 7th community garden. Artist Statement: “The story of Salmon Woman tells how this supernatural woman brought salmon to Raven. After Raven’s many travels, he was worn down and tattered. He met and married Salmon Woman who...
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Summer Newsletter

Collections andthe Secondary Market Since the Gallery opened in 1995, we have specialized in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous Art. We...
Collections andthe Secondary Market Since the Gallery opened in 1995, we have specialized in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous Art. We are the only Northwest Coast gallery to not represent other Indigenous art forms, such as Inuit, Maori, and art from the Southwest. Doug’s passion was with Northwest Coast art and instead of expanding into another cultural group, a few years after the gallery opened, he started carrying historic Northwest Coast pieces in addition to contemporary artworks. Collecting historic works mostly...
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Fall Newsletter

Collections and Commissions We had a surprisingly busy summer at the gallery, and as we head into fall we wanted...
Collections and Commissions We had a surprisingly busy summer at the gallery, and as we head into fall we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the happenings of the past few months. Though many of us had to change our summer plans and stay closer to home, it was nice to see many of our local clients visit the gallery. And, in spite of having to adjust to this ‘new normal’, many of our international clients took the...
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Summer Newsletter

Posted on June 9, 2020 Summer Newsletter As we enter the summer months and life returns to the city, we...
Posted on June 9, 2020 Summer Newsletter As we enter the summer months and life returns to the city, we wanted to take the opportunity to lift the veil on some of the processes and techniques that are involved in bringing beautiful, carved works that we see in the gallery to life! Cedar, in all its forms – the wood, the roots, the bark – is an incredible, multifaceted resource that has sustained life and culture on the coast for...
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The World of Northwest Coast Printmaking

With gallery life quieting down a bit over the last few weeks, we thought we would take the opportunity to...
With gallery life quieting down a bit over the last few weeks, we thought we would take the opportunity to put together a Spring Newsletter that we have always wanted to write but never quite had the time to give it the full treatment it deserves: the unique and multifaceted world of Northwest Coast printmaking! We’re delving into this remarkable art form, looking at its varied techniques and technologies, and its evolution, from the earliest iterations to the most contemporary...
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25th Anniversary Newsletter

    Preparing for the first-ever show at the Douglas Reynolds Gallery, 1995. Where it all began… These days, many...
    Preparing for the first-ever show at the Douglas Reynolds Gallery, 1995. Where it all began… These days, many people are reflecting on the past and how their lives have brought them to where they are today. I’m finding this crazy time especially reflective, as today marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of my gallery on South Granville. In 1995, my lease was written up so that I could not sell anything until April 1st. However, I did...
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PANELS OF THE NORTHWEST COAST

Our August newsletter focuses on the development of panels as a style of Northwest Coast Art. Panels can be bold,...
Our August newsletter focuses on the development of panels as a style of Northwest Coast Art. Panels can be bold, striking, and monumental like totem poles with a depth of carving that draws awe and stimulates conversation. Like paintings and bentwood boxes panel artwork allows an artist to articulate crests and stories into defined spaces, whether round or rectangular. Most panels are still carved from red or yellow cedar but there is a growing movement towards the use of forton,...
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BILL REID (1920 – 1998)

“I consider myself one of the most fortunate of men, to have lived at a time when some of the...
“I consider myself one of the most fortunate of men, to have lived at a time when some of the old Haidas and their peers among the Northwest Coast peoples were still alive, and to have had the privilege of knowing them.” Bill Reid – from introduction to The Raven Steals the Light, 1984. Hinged Gold Bracelet, 1957Bill Reid (Haida)22kt Gold1 1/2″ W x 6″ L$130,000 CAD ($100,000 USD) Wolf Bracelet Bill Reid (Haida)Sterling Silver1″ W x 7″ L$25,000 CAD...
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As seen on Daily Hive Vancouver

An Indigenous art collection is the hidden gem of this TELUS skyscraper. Skyscrapers are certainly not what you expect to...
An Indigenous art collection is the hidden gem of this TELUS skyscraper. Skyscrapers are certainly not what you expect to associate with the liveliness of BC’s nature and culture, but high up in a downtown Vancouver skyscraper is a magnificent collection of Indigenous art. Several Indigenous artists contributed to an art installation art on the 24th floor of the TELUS Garden, meant to host business clients and inspired by BC’s natural landscapes. The art installation was curated in partnership with...
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TOTEM POLES

Feature: The Carving of a Totem Pole Totem Poles were historically carved to commemorate a special event, to archive a...
Feature: The Carving of a Totem Pole Totem Poles were historically carved to commemorate a special event, to archive a family history, or to tell a story. Poles continue to be made in this same fashion today and we are excited to share with you a current totem pole commission with Haida artist Robert Davidson. This 22’ totem pole measures 5’ wide at the base, making the scale monumental. This marks the third large scale totem pole commission with Robert...
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BENTWOOD BOXES

Bentwood boxes are among the most versatile objects made by the Northwest Coast peoples. They were made using an ingenious...
Bentwood boxes are among the most versatile objects made by the Northwest Coast peoples. They were made using an ingenious but difficult technique to master that was specific to the Pacific Northwest region. Bentwood boxes are unique in that three of their four corners are bent at a 90-degree angle, with the fourth corner being pegged, sewn or glued. The box can then be attached to a base, by pegging, sewing or gluing.In pre-contact times, when there were no metal...
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