Four Clans Killer Whale, Limited Edition PrintLyle Campbell, Haida
'The Haida work for Killer whale is Sgaan meaning powerful. The image portrays this animal's power through its bold and flowing image. In the design, one will find its head, dorsal fin, and a suggested pectoral fin. The 'Spirit Form' in this piece is illustrated through the killer whale's blowhole. The long fluid lines are gracefully accented by bold colors and provides a real sense of 'flow'. ' - Artist Statement, Lyle Campbell
Born in 1969, Lyle Campbell is of the Sta-Sta-aas, Songalth Tribe of the Kaighani People of Haida Gwaii. He is a member the the Eagle Clan of the Edenshaw (It-in-us_ family, his great grandfather being Chief Albert Edward Edenshaw. Lyle started drawing at the age of 8, and carving at 14. He spent two years studying formal design at the Gitan-mas School of Northwest Coast Art in K'san. He is presently living and working in Prince Rupert with his family.
Lyle has had the privilege of working with many talented artists including Tsimshian artist Henry Green and Haida artist Robert Davidson. Lyle has traditionally worked in several mediums: engraving in gold and silver; carving in red cedar, alder, yew, yellow cedar; carving argillite and print design. While Lyle is perhaps best known for his woodcarving, his skills are incredibly diverse. He has produced silver and gold jewelry, original paintings, and limited edition prints.
Following a 10 year hiatus from the art world, Lyle has reinvented himself as an artist returning to his passion and inspiration originating from his connection to the natural world and the power and beauty of Haida Gwaii and the cultural songs and dance of the Haida people.
During that period of self-discovery, Lyle developed a new style utilizing a more free-flowing design, applying bright colours and incorporating a playful contemporary perspective while remaining true to the traditional Northwest Coast formline. His work today celebrates life and his reinvented approach to his artistry.
Serigraph, Limited Edition of 95
21 1/2"w x 21 1/2"h (55cm x 55cm)
*Meant to be sold as a set of four, but can be purchased separately.