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.

28 items

Swallow
Robert Davidson (Haida)

Edition 1/7Also available in Red. Please contact the gallery directly.

Edition 1/7Also available in Red. Please contact the gallery directly.

$25,000.00

Two Finned Killerwhale
Robert Davidson (Haida)

1979Edition /199This print is only available framed as-is.Killer Whales are widely considered cla...

1979Edition /199This print is only available framed as-is.Killer 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.

$1,800.00

Wiid
Robert Davidson (Haida)

2013This piece is stored off-site. To arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery directly.The ...

2013This piece is stored off-site. To arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery directly.The Wiid is a bird that only appears when the salmonberries are ripening on Haida Gwaii. The bird is here reduced to the small head at the upper portion of the composition. The flower of the salmonberry might be alluded to in the white cross-shape against the blue. Formally, the work is a precise balance of a series of tensions and releases. The pressure seen in the compressed white tri-neg defined by...

$100,000.00

Wintertime
Robert Davidson (Haida)

2015Edition /75Available framed for $2,000 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.The original ...

2015Edition /75Available framed for $2,000 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.The original painting to this print edition appears in “Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse” which is the accompanying book to the exhibition that took place at both the Seattle Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian, in 2014. The painting is described on page 80:"Haida life has for generations been dominated by the seasonal rounds of available foods, most of which are preserved in spring, sum...

$1,500.00