Kwakiutl Transformation Mask #1
Of all the Pacific Northwest coast Native masks, the transformation masks of the Kwakiutl are among the most striking. They have an exterior mask which is dramatically opened during the course of a dance, to reveal an inner mask, that may represent a different mythical character or the first ancestor. To witness these masks, lit by firelight, dancing in a Kwakiutl bighouse, is an unforgettable experience.
This painting was inspired by David’s experience the archives of public museums, researching the ancient artifacts of his people. He discovered that the names and identities of the artists that created those powerful masks have been lost to history. This inspired him to do oil paintings based on the works by those unidentified master carvers. According to Neel: “to see those early masterpieces changed my view of Northwest coast art, and my painting is a tribute to those great unknown carvers.”
Oil on canvas
30 X 40"
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