Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson is one of Canada's most important contemporary artists. He has been immensely influential in the direction that modern Northwest Coast art has developed over the last six decades. He is a master in every medium, including wood, gold, silver, argillite, silkscreen and bronze.

Davidson belongs to the Eagle clan and his Haida name is Guud San Glans, Eagle of the Dawn. Born in Hydaburg, Alaska, in 1946, he grew up in Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. At the early age of 13, he received training as an argillite and wood carver from his father, Claude Davidson, and grandfather, Robert Davidson Sr. Davidson’s great grandfather, Charles Edenshaw, was a renowned turn-of-the-century Haida artist. Much of Davidson’s cultural knowledge of Haida traditions was passed down to him by his paternal grandmother Florence Davidson, who had been raised in the old Haida ways.

In the late 1960s, Davidson apprenticed with Bill Reid and studied at the Vancouver School of Art. In 1969 he carved and raised a 40-foot totem pole in Old Massett which was the first to be raised in the village since 1871.

In 1995 he received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his contribution to First Nations art and culture. He has received the Order of British Columbia, and in 1996 was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada. He received both the Governor General’s Award for Visual Arts and the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts in 2010. In 2019 Robert was the subject of the documentary Haida Modern. Robert is currently carving a 22 foot totem pole with the Douglas Reynolds Gallery.

33 items

Bird in the Air
Robert Davidson (Haida)

2016Edition /72Available framed for $3,100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.The original ...

2016Edition /72Available framed for $3,100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.The original to the print, Bird in the Air, is an acrylic painting on canvas that was part of Davidson's 2013 show, Abstract Impulse, which showed at the Seattle Art Museum and then traveled to the Smithsonian in New York City. 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 ...

$2,100.00

Bird in the Air
Robert Davidson (Haida)

Edition /5Base Dimensions: 2 ½" H x 85 ½" L x 23" DEagle is one of the most important beings in t...

Edition /5Base Dimensions: 2 ½" H x 85 ½" L x 23" DEagle 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...

$135,000.00

Crab of the Woods
Robert Davidson (Haida)

Edition 3/12Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and ...

Edition 3/12Frogs 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.

$25,000.00

Dogfish Lighter
Robert Davidson (Haida)

1973Dogfish is a small variety of shark found on the Northwest Coast. With its distinctive gills,...

1973Dogfish is a small variety of shark found on the Northwest Coast. With its distinctive gills, teeth, and eyes, it is an uncommon crest figure and is associated with high rank among the Haida people.

$15,000.00

Double Negative
Robert Davidson (Haida)

1993Edition 37/72This print is only available framed.

1993Edition 37/72This print is only available framed.

$6,500.00

Eagle Nai
Robert Davidson (Haida)

Width of Pole: 34" WBase: 4" H x 46" L x 26" WEagle Nai is symbolic of the House of the Eagle. Ea...

Width of Pole: 34" WBase: 4" H x 46" L x 26" WEagle Nai is symbolic of the House of the Eagle. Eagle's face is shown at the bottom of the pole, the hole represents the doorway with human faces on top. The design on the back of the totem pole is delightful as well but viewing the piece from one side doesn't take anything away from its appeal.This totem was exhibited in the exhibition "Robert Davidson Progression of Form" at the Gordon Smith Gallery in Vancouver in 2015. Since then it has remai...

Eagle Pendant
Robert Davidson (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...

$35,000.00

Every Year the Salmon Come Back
Robert Davidson (Haida)

1983Edition 77/99This print is only available framed as-is. Please contact the gallery directly t...

1983Edition 77/99This print is only available framed as-is. Please contact the gallery directly to purchase.Frame: 38 ½" H x 50" WSalmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myths tell of people taken to the undersea world of the Salmon and return with secret knowledge and powers. Salmon have always been viewed as the life force for Indigenous communities. Salmon is often represented by scales, small fins and striated tail fin.

$4,500.00

Eyes of the Mind
Robert Davidson (Haida)

Edition 9/12

Edition 9/12

$25,000.00

Frog Pendant
Robert Davidson (Haida)

Edition 4/516" ChainThis piece is stored off-site. To arrange a viewing, please contact the galle...

Edition 4/516" ChainThis piece is stored off-site. To arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery directly."As a creature that lives in two worlds, water and land, the frog is revered for its adaptability, knowledge and power to traverse worlds and inhabit diverse realms, both natural and supernatural. Frogs are the primary spirit helper of shamans" (Shearar 2000:48). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

Frontal Bear Bracelet
Robert Davidson (Haida)

1981Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing...

1981Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on their hind legs, bridging the human and non-human realms. Their strength and intelligence are universally respected and they are considered to be helping spirits of warriors. Bear is often depicted with a short snout, round paws, stubby tail and bared teeth.

$50,000.00

Happy Blowhole Pendant
Robert Davidson (Haida)

1982Edition 10/12Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in und...

1982Edition 10/12Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.

$25,000.00