Eagle Under the Sun

Gold and Copper
by Nathaniel Wilkerson, Gitxsan Tribe

  • Dimensions: 15"x15"
  • Limited Edition of 150
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    Eagle Under the Sun

    A symbol of power and prestige among the many nations of the world, Eagle is also an important symbol among the Northwest Coast People. The golden eagle lives primarily in the more mountainous regions while the bald eagle can be found along the coast.

    Eagle is one of the most important beings in art and mythology. It is revered for its intelligence and great power, as well as its extraordinary vision. With its ability to soar at an extreme altitude, Eagle is regarded as the principle messenger of the creator, the sun. Eagle down is a sacred symbol of peace and friendship and is frequently sprinkled before guests in welcome dances and other ceremonies. Eagle's feathers are also used in a variety of ritual contexts, as well as adorning masks and head-dresses.

    In the art, Eagle is identified with a strongly curving (re-curve) beak. Supernatural eagles often feature two curly protuberances atop the head.
    Nathaniel Wilkerson's ancestry is through the Gitxsan tribe, in Hazelton (Gitanmaax) B.C. Canada. He is a member of the Wolf clan (Lax Gibuu), house of "Amaget". He was raised in Terrace, B.C. and spent most of his time working on a family farm, Skeena River Vegetable Farms.

    At the age of 10, Nathaniel was first introduced to his tribe's artwork by instructors, Randy Adams and Robert Stanley, who came to his elementary school and taught a number of Indian art lessons. At age 11, Nathaniel attended a seminar put on by Freda Diesing at the Northern Lights Art Studio where his mother approached Freda and arranged private lessons for Nathaniel to be properly schooled in the arts of his people. From January 1984 until March 1985, he received private drawing lessons and carving lessons from Freda Diesing. With Freda's guidance, he learned the basic guidelines and concepts of Northwest Coast Artwork and became familiar with the traditional animals, mythological creatures, and their distinguishing characteristics. Through his carving work with Freida, he realized the rewarding process of seeing a piece of art develop from concept to finished product.

    Nathaniel made exceptional progress and the 7th carving he completed under Freda's tutelage was a killer whale design which was submitted to the International Museum of Children's Art, where it has remained on exhibit for a number of years.

    Freda Diesing's artwork and training has had a tremendous impact and influence on Nathaniel's work. Other artists who have inspired Nathaniel include Charles Edenshaw, Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Don Yeomans and most recently David A. Boxley.

    In his work, Nathaniel prefers a classical approach with heavy form lines and a combination of Gitxsan, Haida and Tshimshian influences. His studies haven't ceased since working with Freda; he continually evaluates and modifies his personal creative interpretation while studying the works of great masters of the past and present.

    Nathaniel is a member of Gitxsan Nation, a Federally Recognized Tribe in Canada. He has five children and it is only with his wife, Cindy's support that he is able to take the time to generate new ideas. Nathaniel's work is sold across Canada and the USA in respected Native American Art Galleries such as Stonington Gallery and Quintana Galleries.
  • Signed, Limited Edition of 150
  • Printed: Nov. 2006
  • Paper: Rising Stonehenge 245gm/m2 Black
  • Dimensions: 15"x15"
  • Packaging: Shrink Wrapped, Unframed
  • Includes Artist Bio, Legend, and Certificate of Authenticity
  • Professionally shipped by Artist, Nathaniel Wilkerson within 2 weeks.
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