Kwakwaka Wakw Art ‘Dancing Heron’ by Richard Hunt
This vibrant Kwakwaka Wakw Art design is a reaction to the events of 9/11. Richard was so devastated by the events that he decided to make the Heron vibrant, colourful and evocative of happiness, to counteract the dread of that sombre day.
Herons are found along the west coast of British Columbia. and often feature in First Nations artworks.
‘Dancing Heron’ is one of just a handful of limited edition prints we have available from Richard Hunt.
The screen-printing process produces all Kwakwaka Wakw Art prints by Richard Hunt. The artist is involved in the
printmaking and checking all stencils in each copy in the edition. The edition size of ‘Heron’
printed in 1999, consists of 100 signed and numbered prints, 10% are Artist’s Proofs and 10% are Remarques and 2 Printer’s Proof. All other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.
Richard Hunt, C.M., O.B.C. copyright this design and each design is printed once.
N.B This print comes directly from the artist’s studio in Canada. Please allow at least 5-7 working days for delivery.
Kwakwaka Wakw Artist
Richard Hunt is a Kwaguilth (Kwakiutl) First Nations Native from Fort Rupert, British Colombia, which is at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, B.C.
Richard’s family have been instrumental in the resurgence of Northwest Coast Indian art. His grandfather Mungo Martin has been largely responsible for bringing Kwakiutl Art to a much wider audience.
For generations, his family have been right at the heart of traditional carving and ceremonial life.
Under the direction of his father Henry Hunt, who was also a renowned artist, Richard began traditional carving when he was 12 years old.
He was the chief Carver at Royal British Columbia Museum in Thunderbird Park for over 10 years.
In 1991, Richard was awarded the Order of British Columbia, the first Native artist to be presented with this prestigious award. In 1994 he became a member of the Order of Canada and received the Queen’s 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, which was presented to Canadians who had given outstanding service to their country and demonstrated exceptional qualities. In May 2004 Richard was accepted as a full member of the Royal Academy of the Arts, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in progressing Indigenous Art in Canada. In June 2004, the University of Victoria presented Richard with an Honourary Doctorate of Fine Arts, which has a touching place in Richard’s heart, as his father Henry was presented with the same doctorate in 1983.
Richard now works freelance, creating masks, rattles, Totem poles and prints, many of which are now found in private collections and esteemed museums in North America and Europe.