Featured work in Preston Singletary's solo exhibition, Tlingit Modernism. This new body of work is reflective of his different styles, from representing traditional cultural objects or making contemporary abstractions inspired by Modernism. His work continues the narrative thread of Tlingit style while reflecting on new directions for an ancient culture.
Raven is one of the most recognized figures in Northwest Coast art and oral tradition. Viewed oftentimes as a transformer and a trickster, Raven is the hero of many adventures such as the release of light into the world and the discovery of mankind. As a trickster figure, Raven can be celebrated for his cleverness, wit, and mischievous nature. In some oral traditions, Raven possesses the ability to shape-shift and is often depicted with a sense of humor and playfulness. Raven is identified by a thick, straight beak and the lack of plumage or horns on the head. Oftentimes, Raven will be depicted with a ball of light in his beak.