Beau Dickis

via Fazakas Gallery:

Beau Dickis one of the Northwest Coast’s most versatile and talented carvers. For more than three decades, he has actively perpetuated the ceremonial traditions of his people, the Kwakwaka’wakw. […]

A carver who takes much of his inspiration and technique from traditional Kwakwaka’wakw art, Beau’s work has been particularly noted for its embrace of contemporary influences, often incorporating European and Asian styles into his creations. His masks in particular have been lauded for their rough yet realistic presentation, representing a piece that is both austere yet incredibly life-like. As the artist himself has put it:

“My style is sometimes referred to as “Potlatch Style” as it comes from a tradition of ceremony which requires many masks to be made in a short period of time. It takes many years of practice and an understanding of balance in order to create a work that is appears finished in a natural and instinctive manner, without seeming overthought.” […]

Most recently, the story of Beau’s life and art is being developed into a feature-length documentary entitled Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters to be tentatively released in 2014. He is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia for 2013 – 2014.