Ben Davidson

Ben Davidson was born to a long lineage of highly respected Haida artists, and was the son of Robert Davidson, the foremost Northwest Coast artist alive today. Although unusual according to Haida tradition, Ben formerly apprenticed to his father, finishing his four years of training in 1998.

In addition to working with his father, Davidson learned much from his uncle, Reg Davidson, also a highly regarded and established Haida artist. Ben’s first commercial works were part of a group exhibition at the Douglas Reynolds Gallery in 2001. He worked in a variety of media and scale including delicately carved jewelry, cedar masks and panels, paper and forton casts, and monumental totem poles. In 2006 a large carved cedar Chief's Seat was included in the hugely popular exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery "Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art". Davidson has also carved a totem pole for the world famous British Artist, Damien Hirst.

Davidson was very much involved in the art and ceremony of the Haida, he was one of the first members of the Rainbow Creek Dancers, a Haida dance group established by Robert and Reg Davidson.

9 items

Buttercycle (Blue)
Ben Davidson (Haida)

Edition /69Available framed for $1400 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Butterfly is incre...

Edition /69Available framed for $1400 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Raven’s companion, acting as a scout who leads Raven to food sources and uncovers hiding spots.

$900.00

Buttercycle (Purple)
Ben Davidson (Haida)

Edition /69Available framed for $1400 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Butterfly is incre...

Edition /69Available framed for $1400 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Raven’s companion, acting as a scout who leads Raven to food sources and uncovers hiding spots.

$900.00

Frog Pendant
Ben Davidson (Haida)

Edition 4/6This pendant has come from the private collection of Tawni Davidson, Ben's widow, and ...

Edition 4/6This pendant has come from the private collection of Tawni Davidson, Ben's widow, and was acquired by the gallery in November 2021.

$20,000.00

Kaajyuu
Ben Davidson (Haida)

2019Edition /69Available framed for $2,500 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Hummingbirds ...

2019Edition /69Available framed for $2,500 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Hummingbirds are often described in stories as tiny rainbows. They symbolize love, beauty, wealth and prestige. Hummingbirds are known as a symbol of good luck to anyone who sees them. Hummingbird can be distinguished by a long pointed beak and is often shown alongside floral elements.

$1,900.00

Llgaay Gwii Sdiihlda (Restore Balance)
Ben Davidson (Haida)

2020Edition /81Available framed for $1,800 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Artist Statem...

2020Edition /81Available framed for $1,800 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Artist Statement:"Llgaay Gwii Sdiihlda means to restore balance. According to my father-in-law, it applies when we are about to fall, but we manage to catch ourselves before we fall. I chose to name the print Llgaay Gwii Sdiihlda because I believe that even when we are in a state of uncertainty, we still have the ability to regain our balance.The print features an image of Sea Bear. Though there is not much in...

$1,200.00

Raven and First Men
Ben Davidson (Haida)

Edition 3/7 Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a tricks...

Edition 3/7 Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.

$25,000.00

Riiibbit
Ben Davidson (Haida)

Edition /71This print is only available framed.Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated wi...

Edition /71This print is only available framed.Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability to traverse worlds. As the primary spirit helpers of shamans, frogs are communicators and often represent the voice of the people. Frogs were often carved at the top of totem poles to symbolize the communication of warnings or impending danger. Frog is generally given large eyes, prominent lips with a projecting tongue and webbed feet.

$2,100.00

T'sing
Ben Davidson (Haida)

2016Edition /81Available framed for $1400 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.T’sing (pronou...

2016Edition /81Available framed for $1400 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.T’sing (pronounced tch’ing)"Though I have never seen t’sing, I always know where he has been. I see the signs of his industry when I run Spirit Lake. And I know from what I see, he is ambitious. He is also humble; we never see him at work, we only see the evidence of his labours. He is hardworking; he does not get caught up in plans to do things, instead he simply accomplishes them. Like Beaver holds onto his s...

$900.00

Tide Walker
Ben Davidson (Haida)

2017Edition /77Available framed for $1700 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.The Tide Walke...

2017Edition /77Available framed for $1700 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.The Tide Walker exists in the space between the land and the ocean. From afar, he appears as a dorsal fin, so we imagine his body beneath the waves. We are so desperate to be the first to see the killer whale that we allow our minds to complete his story before we have time to determine the truth. We are so swiftly lured into believing the surface story that we rarely take time to consider what lies beneath.

$1,200.00