Dark Green and Copper
by Nathaniel Wilkerson, Gitxsan Tribe

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    The frog is a creature of great importance in the Pacific Northwest Coast art and culture. With its ability to live on both water and land this creature is revered for its adaptability and power to live in both the natural and supernatural realm. Frogs are considered the spirit messengers of Shamans.

    Frog is known as the communicator between mother earth and man. He is considered the only child to mother earth. Frog is often used to represent the voice of the people. Being that this creature is very vocal, its songs are considered by some to contain great power and magic. In the artwork the frog is commonly shown touching tongues with other creatures in an exchange of knowledge and power.

    Frog is also associated with copper and is a symbol of great wealth. Frog designs are used extensively as design elements in the artwork and are often shown emerging from other creature’s ear, mouth or hands. In the Gitxsan culture the frog is one of the important family crest figures. In Haida culture, the Frog is often shown on house posts because it is believed that this helps keep the house from falling over.
    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: Arches 300lb. Hot Press
  • 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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