Red and Black
by Nathaniel Wilkerson, Gitxsan Tribe

  • Dimensions: 6"x30"
  • Limited Edition of 500
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    Medeek (Tsimshian for Grizzly Bear) is regarded with awe and respect by the native people of the northwest coast. It is considered to be a close relation of humankind with its complex behavior and appearance, and is referred to as the “Elder Kinsman”. It is one of the most prominent figures in crest, shamanic art and myth.

    A well known Haida legend is that of a woman who was abducted by a bear while berry picking. She married the bear and gave birth to twin cubs. The twin cubs resembled bears but could also metamorphose into human form. All bear clan members are descended from these twin cubs.

    With their strength and fierceness, bears are the guardian spirits of warriors. Bearskin cloaks are often worn during dances, ceremony and ritual performances. Jewelry and amulets were crafted from bear teeth and claws, for example a shaman would wear a bear claw.

    Bear is usually depicted with a protruding tongue, clawed feet, little or no tail and a short, broad snout.
    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 500
  • Printed: Nov. 2006
  • Paper: Arches 300lb. Hot Press
  • Dimensions: 6"x30"
  • 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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