Wolf Paddle

Wolf Paddle

Wilfred Sampson (Gitxsan)
Regular price CAD $850.00

"People respect the wolf for its strength, agility, intelligence and capacity for devotion. Wolf is a principal crest of many prominent Northwest Coast families...Among most Tsimshian[ic] groups, Wolf is one of four main clans...Model paddles, as well as representations of paddles, frequently appear in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art...People use paddles as flags and signals in some ceremonial contexts" (Shearar 2000: 81, 115). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

Medium: Acrylic on hand-carved yellow cedar

Dimensions: 29" x 9 1/2" x 2"

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


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Wilfred  Sampson  has  been  involved  in  Northwest  Coast  Native  Art  since  1981.  He  was  initially  self-taught,  but  wishing  to  hone  his  skills,  in  1984  he  attended  the  Gitanmaax  School  of  Northwest  Coast  Art  and  Design  in  Hazelton,  BC  for  advanced  studies  in  carving.  There he  was  able  to  study  under  such  Master  Carvers  as  Chief  Walter  Harris,  Earl  Muldon,  Ken  Mowatt  and  Vern Stephens. 

Sampson’s  artworks  reflect  the  pride  he  takes  in  his craft.  He  specializes  in  carved  and  painted  masks,  but also  produces exquisitely  carved  boxes  and  other  fine pieces.  An  eight-foot  Totem  Pole  was  commissioned  by  the  Houston  Museum  in  Houston,  BC.  For  the Calgary  Olympic  Exhibition  in  1988,  he  carved  a  wolf  mask  which  now  sits  in  the  Glenbow  Museum.  He  also  designed  the  logo  for  the  Canadian  Mental  Health  Association’s  1990  National  Conference.  This  design was  later  produced  in  a  250-piece  limited  edition  print  and  was  reproduced  on  clothing  that  still  generates  revenue  for  the  C.M.H.A. 

All  of  Sampson’s  pieces  are  original  designs,  combining  traditional  Northwest  Coast  imagery  with contemporary  motifs.  Sampson’s  work  is  included  in international  corporate  and  private  collections.