Robert Davidson show at National Gallery in Ottawa

  • Jan. 22, 2007 7:00 a.m.

Paintings and sculptures by Robert Davidson will be featured at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa from February 2 to May 6. The show is only the second solo exhibition by a First Nations artist at the gallery, and follows the Norval Morrisseau show last year. The Davidson exhibition will also be a kickoff for a series of aboriginal-themed exhibitions planned in the Ottawa area. Robert Davidson, with roots in Old Massett, is a leading Haida artist who works to expand and transform his understanding of Haida art and cultural practice through engagement with abstraction and reclaiming cultural knowledge through his art. The 30 works in the exhibition include acrylic paintings on canvas, paper and deerskin drums, low-relief carved cedar panels and sculptures in cedar and aluminum. The pieces date from 1983 to the present and follows Mr. Davidson’s progression towards abstraction. Throughout his work, he reveals himself as an artist with multiple talents: a master carver of totem poles and masks; a painter, jeweller, and engraver; and an argillite and metal sculptor.

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