Sense of "Nuu"

Sense of "Nuu"

Ernest Swanson (Haida)
Regular price CAD $180.00

"Octopus is common in shamanic art, undoubtedly because of its amazing transformational abilities. Among the Haida, Octopus features in [oral histories], but is not a crest...Octopus is identifies by long tentacles...[and] a fluid, invertebrate body[.]" (Shearar 2000: 78). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

Medium: Framed Serigraph, ed./150

Dimensions: 18 1/8" x 14" x 1" (framed), 134" x 11" (unframed)

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



Ernest Swanson began engraving in 2004 under Haida jeweller Jim McGuire. He comes from a long line of established artists: his cousin is popular Haida carver Jim Hart and  his  grandfather was prolific Haida argillite carver Rufus Moody. In 2005, Ernest started carving wood with Haida carver Christian White. This same year, he also won an Emerging Artist award from British Columbia’s Alliance for Arts and Culture. In 2009, Ernest graduated from Vancouver's Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts program under  established Kwakwaka'wakw/Haida artist Dan Wallace. In 2010, he worked on a large pole with Jim Hart, here at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, BC. Recently, he has been creating miniature argillite pendants with engraved silver bezel settings and abalone inlays.