Northwest First Nation Signed Stan Wamiss Hand Carving "Halibut" 44 x 25 inch
Traditional Northwest Coast Cedar Carving Halibut, hand signed by Tsawataneuk artist Stan Wamiss in 1993.
Dimensions: 44" L.x 25" H. x 3" Depth, acrylic paint on hand carved red cedar, multiple pieces assemblage.
Reverse is signed and includes picture of artist with his work. See images.
About the artist
Stan Wamiss was born in 1947 on Gilford Island and raised in the Kingcome Inlet community where he learned to carve from his father Tom Patch Wamiss who was not only a master carver himself but was also the highest ranking chief in Kingcome Inlet. Tom Patch Wamiss was the first chief in the Kwaguilth nation to hold a Potlatch after the ban was lifted in 1952. Stan credits the book Smoky-Top by Bill Holm and the suggestion of his sister, Dorothy Speck with inspiring him to begin carving in 1975. Stan prefers to work in the soft red cedar local to British Columbia and carves superb masks, totems, plaques, talking stick and sculptures like this one. He currently lives on Vancouver Island and along with his commissioned work, carves pieces for many galleries both in Canada and abroad. Some of Stan’s work was featured in the 1988 Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition "Down from the Shimmering Sky", an exhibit that has been displayed at a number of selected museums across North America.
This piece is being sold from the estate of a local family.