Riiibit, Limited Edition Print

Riiibit, Limited Edition Print

Ben Davidson (Haida)
Regular price CAD $600.00

"This frog emerged from the cedar of Haida Gwaii in the same way the hlq'iaan q'usdann emerges from the forest after the rain. I had a piece of cedar in my studio that wanted to turn into a panel. Usually, I cut a piece of cedar in half and glue the pieces together to make a more traditionally shaped panel, but this piece of cedar was so beautiful that I felt compelled to honor it and so find the design within its wholeness rather than its pieces. What stretched out and filled with life that he almost escaped from the wood. The black and red honor our history, our ability to innovate during times of change, for these innovations are the key to strengthening our resiliency. This print was inspired by the original panel." - Artist Statement, Ben Davidson

Serigraph,  Edition of 71


6 3/4"w x 37 1/2"h (17cm x 95cm)


Ben Davidson, whose Haida name is tlajang nang kingaas ("the one who is known far away"), is the son of internationally renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson. He began carving at the early age of sixteen, and completed a four-year apprenticeship program with Robert. He has also worked with artists Reg Davidson and John Livingstone. Ben specializes in three-dimensional wood sculpture. However, he also has experience with two-dimensional works and is currently expanding his repertoire to include jewellery and engraving. His piece, “a Chief seat”, was included in the exhibition Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art. Ben is committed to the revival of Haida art and culture by mentoring young students, and being heavily involved in the traditional Haida dance group“ The Rainbow Creek Dancers”. His extensive experience as an original member of this group has allowed him to explore the relationship between Haida art and culture further. Ben currently resides in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii where he owns a gallery, All About U Arts.