Hummingbird

Black and Red
$150.00
by Nathaniel Wilkerson, Gitxsan Tribe

  • Dimensions: 15"x15"
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    Hummingbird

    This beautiful tiny bird, once abundant on the West Coast, is traditionally a symbol of good luck and fortune. It was considered a positive sign to spot a Hummingbird prior to a major event such as a hunting trip or traveling to a distant village. Hummingbird is also a retriever of lost souls because it can fly quickly into small spaces and bring back the soul undetected.

    Hummingbird is believed to be a joyful messenger and often a mysterious traveler. If he appears during a time of great sorrow and pain, healing will soon follow. He also symbolizes the fragility of nature and all living things. His symbol is often used in gifts that come with wishes of joy, healing and love.

    The Hummingbird is one of the less common motifs used by the Northwest Coast peoples, but one of the more delicate. Its popularity today indicates that it has become a contemporary symbol of love and beauty. It is marked by its long down-curving beak, prominent eyes, small curly plume and is often drawn in the presence of flowers.
    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: Jan 2007
  • 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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