Jim Hart

Jim Hart is one of the most established and prominent Northwest Coast artists in Canada. His is some of the most beautiful and intricate work in the Northwest Coast art world.

At the beginning of his impressive career, which has spanned several decades, Hart worked with renowned Haida artists Robert Davidson and Bill Reid. In doing so he participated in the creation of some of the best known contemporary Northwest Coast artworks in Canada, including "The Raven and the First Men" by Bill Reid at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.

Hart has made several of his own monumental works that are located in major Canadian museums and galleries. In 1979, he was commissioned by the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria to carve a 7’ X 9’ foot cedar Dogfish Screen. In 2000 Hart carved the replacement to a Bill Reid pole within the Haida Village behind the Museum of Anthropology and in 2008 he carved the Celebration of Bill Reid Pole now located in The Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver. In 2011 his large bronze, "The Three Watchmen", was installed outside of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa as part of their permanent collection. Most recently he completed his largest project to date, "The Dance Screen (The Scream Too). It measures 11' x 16' and is a testament to his extraordinarily fine carving.

Hart comes from a long line of Haida chiefs who were carvers. As Chief of the Eagle Clan since 1999, he holds the name and hereditary title of his great-great-grandfather, Charles Edenshaw: 7idansuu. For this occasion he held a potlatch and raised a 55' totem pole in Massett, on Haida Gwaii.

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Eagle Ring
Jim Hart (Haida)

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is ...

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone. Eagle may ofte...

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Shaman Bronze
Jim Hart (Haida)

Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture Edition /8In James Hart's original cedar sculpture, the Shaman F...

Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture Edition /8In James Hart's original cedar sculpture, the Shaman Figure stands at the front of the dance screen, on top of a Haida house holding a rattle.Shamans held secular and supernatural authorities and, in this scene, ensures the cyclical return of the salmon. This Shaman Figure has been cast in bronze at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in New York, USA. Notably, this is the foundry where all of Bill Reid's large bronze castings were produced. The Shama...