Blue Formline

Blue Formline

Alano Edzerza (Tahltan)
Regular price CAD $400.00

"The two basic colours of Northwest Coast graphic art are black and red. Black, the primary colour, is mainly used for the [formline], a strong contoured line which structures the design and clarifies the anatomy of the subject by defining the head wings, joints, tails etc. Red, the secondary colour, is generally reserved for elements of secondary importance. When occasionally an artist reverses this order, the red [formline] still creates the framework of the design" (Stewart 1979: 19) - Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast

Edzerza’s formline series is his homage to Andy Warhol silk-screens in the best of Factory tradition. These designs highlight elements of the Sea-monster series and were done in red, blue, green and purple — colours that Edzerza feels are the real primary colour spectrum. 

Medium: Framed Serigraph, ed./200

Dimensions: 23¼" x 8½" x 1¼" (framed)

Location: Satellite Shop at SFU Vancouver Bookstore (Harbour Centre)


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Alano Edzerza has been involved in artistic endeavours since a young age, receiving an award for sculpture from the Victoria School Board at the age of 13. He started learning about Northwest Coast art from his family, in particular from Terrence Campbell. In 2002, Alano attended school in Arizona under the instruction of Rick Charlie. He has worked with many artists including Jay Simeon, Marcel Russ, Phil Gray, Corey Bulpitt, Beau Dick, Mark Preston, and Dempsey Bob. Alano began working with glass, and experimenting with this medium. In October of 2007, Alano had his first solo show at Stonington Gallery in Seattle, where he featured new pieces in glass, jewellery, and limited edition prints. The arrival of the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 opened even more doors for this rising artist, resulting in the Vancouver Olympic Committee commissioning Alano to create a large scale glass installation at Rogers Arena, as well as the Dutch Olympic Team contracting him to help design their uniforms for the games.