Wealth of the Seas - Red Travel Wallet
Wealth of the Seas - Red Travel Wallet

Wealth of the Seas - Red Travel Wallet

Ernest Swanson (Haida)
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"Artists often adapt a compositions to fit a chosen shape or space. This is a very old convention in Northwest Coast Native art. Figures may be abstracted to fill the space, sometimes until the representation is recognizable only by key elements, or, occasionally, until it is no longer recognizable at all...[T]his practice allowed artists to accommodate designs to the shape of any functional object [such as bentwood box]. In contemporary graphic art, the practice is common even in purely ornamental and two-dimensional graphic art, where the artist has relative freedom of choice in determining the shape and space of the work" (Shearar 2000:124-125). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

Material: Vegan Leather (100% Polyurethane)

Dimensions: 7" x 4 1/4" x 1/2"

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.