Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saturday Photo Hunt ---- I Love ........(Fill in the blank)







I LOVE NATIVE CANADIAN ART



Since I came to Canada 46 years ago, I have developed a taste for Canadian native art, of all types. Over the years I have acquired a few pieces of different forms and bought many pieces to give as gifts. If my house catches fire I will be grabbing my two precious sculptures on the way out. Swans, a Brazilian soapstone which I have featured on my Photo Hunt before and this Inuit sculpture, a amazing green soapstone head from Belcher Islands, which I dearly love and have owned for twenty five years or more.

It stands at 9 inches tall and is the most
amazing green coloured soapstone
with wonderful markings



This is a most powerful work,
despite its relatively small size

A silk screen print on the wall in my upstairs hall
and typical of Coast Salish Art. It's called
Wildman from the Sea.


In Vancouver, at Granville Island, Eagle Spirit Gallery is one of the finest galleries showcasing museum quality native artwork. They specialize in masks and Inuit carved sculpture and it is my pleasure to visit it often, just to look around, for the items there are way beyond my price range. The photos below were taken from outside, through the window, so the quality is not brilliant.

A mask and a decorated wooden container on the stands with a totem pole and an exquisite Moon Mask on the wall in the background

This beautiful wooden head is a stunning piece


HAPPY WEEKEND TO EVERYONE


41 comments:

ellen b said...

Reminds me of some Tlingit (sp?) art that I've seen at the Seattle Art Museum. Very interesting pieces. Happy hunting...

YTSL said...

Beautiful! As the proverbial 'they' say: A thing of beauty is a joy forever. In other words: I love what you love! :)

Yen said...

WOW! Those are some very priceless positions! Thanks for sharing them:)
Mine is up here;
Photo Hunter:I Love
Happy Weekend!

Carver said...

Those are very beautiful and powerful pieces, all of them. That's great that you have art which you love in your home. I hope you have a pleasant weekend.

crazy working mom said...

Oh wow! That is amazing and the arrangement is beautiful.

Thanks for sharing your love. Happy Hunting.

Jesieblogjourney said...

Great collection and I also want to exclaim with a big "Wow!" I love them along with you.

tegdirb92 said...

wow, beautiful works of art!! Unique and great take on this weeks theme.

CRIZ LAI said...

Wow.. beautiful native art. I always love those black and red prints. They are real creative. See you around :)

Natalie said...

That's great art! It reminds me of some I saw at a museum in Cody, Wyoming. :) My photo hunt is up too! :)

Heather said...

Fascinating stuff. Great choice!

eastcoastlife said...

Wow! Those are truly lovely works of art! I would love to own them. hehe....

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

Fantastic sculptures. Great photos and have a good weekend.

PowersTwinB said...

That is beautiful artwork! There's nothing compared to Eskimo art! Thanks for visiting my site...and by the way??? I would LOVE to send you a free guest pass for 5 days on Pogo if you are interested? Just email me ..PowersTwinB at sbcglobal.net (sustitute the at for @)...come on, lol

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Love the soapstone head. It must be wonderful to the touch. That last mask is a bit scary!

PastorMac's Ann said...

Thanks for sharing all these precious works of art with us. Great picks for The Hunt.

Liza said...

Great choices and beautiful photos. Happy weekend :)

Dragonheart said...

Those are all beautiful works of art! Canadian Aboriginal art is incredible. Very powerful and moving pieces.

Lynn said...

I'm not into sculptures or masks but I appreciate the masks with the wooden sculpture in one of your pictures.

jams o donnell said...

Wow that is marvellous jmb! If my lottery numbers came up I get the feeling that that some of that may be spent on native american art. Sadly the extent of my collection consists of some Anasazi inspired art and a couple of tattoos! Have a great weekend

Sean said...

You really have a nice shot!
I also did my photo hunter post at http://www.lifelongsharing.com/index.php/2007/11/17/photo-hunter-i-love/
Hope you will drop by and say HI~

ipanema said...

I love native art from around the world. They are a joy to collect. Those are good pieces.


Happy weekend! :)

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Beautiful set, thanks for sharing.

Connie said...

Very nice!! Thanks for educating me on Canadian Art.

Take care,
Connie

Janice Thomson said...

Gosh Jmb the soapstone carving is magnificent! I can just imagine how you must love to touch and admire it.
I would love that wooden head too - what a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship. A stunning post today Jmb.

Andrée said...

Hi! I'm loving this week. I'm seeing so many wonderful and beautiful and fascinating things. When I traveled in Canada I saw so much wonderful Native art. Your post is gorgeous.

the teach said...

jmb, impressive pieces of art! Thanks for showing them to us...

And thanks for visiting me for Photo Hunters Day!

gwapasila said...

those arts are gorgeous indeed..so neat! thanks for the comments.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

They are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

TeacherJulie said...

Wow, you have priceless pieces there. Interesting art works.

Have a great weekend :)

Liz said...

The soapstone head looks quite different - and lovelier I think - from the side. Like the painting too. Very unusual.

Randy Higham said...

Wild man from the Sea, eh? That's me when I come in from sailing.

leslie said...

I can't believe it's been a week since I've been over here. It's been a busy time for me, but I finally just caught up with all your blogging. And isn't Liz's puppy "to die for"?

Nap Warden said...

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

mutleythedog said...

I loved the head especially, what a thing! Awesome... I don't know anything at all about this art. I will read about it now!

Talk..to..Grams said...

You have great choices and the art work is just stunning! Thanks for your visit! Have a great weekend!

alisonwonderland said...

what great photos of some very nice pieces of art! i can see why you love native canadian art!

ladynred said...

I've seen some of these native arts and always find them very interesting.

lady macleod said...

Fabulous. I enjoyed our 'outside' visit to the gallery, and I shall enjoy my calendar next year with the examples of the art form. Thank you for sharing.

I love the piece in your home!

jmb said...

Thanks to everyone who visited my photo hunt for this weekend.

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Am I right in thinking that Totem poles are purely a Pacific coast phenomenon?

Sienna said...

JMB, your Wildman from the sea reminds me of some art my niece bought back from Canada, she bought me some Island Art; by Joe Wilson, same colors style and everything, I love it; it actually reminds me a little of indigenous (Aboriginal) art, their choice of colors and animal representations...so beautiful.

Pam